Broadband authority issues status report

LANCASTER—The Lancaster County Broadband Authority (LCBA) recently released a status report that indicates high speed internet access is becoming available in more areas of the county. 

The LCBA was created to ensure affordable and reliable broadband internet service would be available to residents of Lancaster County, reported authority member Cassie Thomas. Originally, the LCBA contemplated constructing a county-owned broadband network; however, that strategy quickly shifted with the availability of unprecedented federal and state funding for broadband deployment. 

Those funding programs created strong incentives for Breezeline to expand its existing fiber network and for All Points Broadband (APB) to construct a new fiber broadband network. The LCBA is working closely with these two private broadband service providers to realize the goal of county-wide broadband internet access availability, said Thomas. 

Breezeline and Lancaster, Middlesex, Mathews and Caroline counties applied for and received a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development to extend broadband to over 1,400 homes….

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