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Gloucester Telecommunications Committee addressing connectivity

A concern for some Gloucester County residents is the lack of broadband connectivity in the county, especially with increased demand during this pandemic.

Increasing the availability of broadband so that all residents in the county have access to high-speed internet is one of the goals of Gloucester’s Telecommunications Committee. The committee is exploring every avenue to bring high-speed internet to those without it.

Interim Deputy County Administrator and committee member Carol Steele said that the committee is working with Mathews and Middlesex counties to bring broadband to a select number of residents. The three counties have applied for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant money to add equipment to existing towers.

Steele said that in Gloucester, 133 homes could be getting broadband connectivity with the funding from the VATI grant. She explained that the small number of houses is the best they can do given the funding the county might receive from t...

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