Northumberland joins regional broadband initiative

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

HEATHSVILLE—In an effort to bring internet services to regions of the county currently without connectivity, the Northumberland board of supervisors voted unanimously, 4-0, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dominion Power, Northern Neck Electric and All Points Broadband to participate in an initiative to extend fiber broadband to underserved areas in the Northern Neck.

Board members Ronald Jett, James Brann, Thomas Tomlin and Richard Haynie voted in favor of entering the MOU at their March meeting last week. Member James Long was absent.

“In most of rural America, public providers have come and essentially cherry-picked pockets of population density or affluence,” said All Points Broadband chief executive officer Jimmy Carr. “Throughout the Northern Neck about 30% of households don’t have internet.”

The initiative was established after the passage of…

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