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Supervisors approve plan for high-speed internet

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the Mathews Broadband Advisory Board’s plan to develop high-speed internet for the entire county.

The plan includes construction of two communications towers—one at the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad building on Cricket Hill Road and the other at the Bohannon Fire Station on East River Road. It also includes the installation of 18 repeaters, nine for each tower, at various sites around the county.

No funding was designated for the project. Instead, the broadband board will search for ways to fund the project, including applying for Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grants and funding from the federal American Recovery Act.

The board also approved extending the county’s contract with Broadband Telecom Services, the company that developed the plan.

Public hearings

The board held two public hearings, one on scale-solar facilities and the other on amendments to the FY 2021-2022 budget.

Planning ...

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