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Mathews takes a big step in broadband affordability

The good news about broadband in Mathews County just keeps coming.

Mathews Broadband Advisory Board chair Judy Rowe announced to county supervisors Tuesday night that the broadband affordability mandate she received when her advisory board was organized in 2019 is on the cusp of being met.

Rowe got word earlier this week that the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program will soon be available for eligible Mathews residents. The program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households, she said, and Breezeline and Open Broadband, two broadband providers in the county, are both participants in the program.

In addition, said Rowe, Breezeline is participating in the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative’s Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP), which assists eligible households with up to $3,000 of the cost of extending broadband lines down long driveways. Funding for the program comes from the Ame...

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