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Several large corporations, such as Google and Microsoft, have launched initiatives to address the problem of limited internet access. Because of the high costs of running fiber and improved wireless technologies, most of these companies have shifted their efforts to wireless solutions for broadband.
Google has suspended its fiber-to the-home plans in favor of a wireless broadband strategy that will deploy faster and with less cost. The days of being tethered to cables and wires are over – citizens want mobility – not hardwired solutions that dictate their location for access to broadband and internet.
Likewise, the Louisa County Broadband Authority (LCBBA) has opted to implement a wireless infrastructure for broadband in Louisa County rather than using costly fiber. The first steps include the construction of 10 towers throughout the county that will provide a broadband wireless infrastructure. We are now finalizing site plans for these towers and soon will solicit bids for their construction – anticipated to begin during the fall of 2017. The LCBBA will be partnering with local internet service firms to deliver broadband internet directly to homes via wireless technologies.
Expert analyses have shown that it would cost nearly $100 million to extend broadband fiber to all households in Louisa County. Obviously, that’s not a practical solution. The LCBBA is exercising due diligence with taxpayers’s money, while at the same time, moving toward a broadband strategy that is viable and sustainable.
I encourage you to keep up-to-date with LCBBA activities via: http://louisacounty.com/632/BroadbandAuthority.. At that web site, you can find minutes to our meetings and contact email addresses.
Bernie Hill Louisa County Broadband Authority
Editors Note: this letter has been reposted from the Central Virginian, and is only available online to paying subscribers. It is an example of what the proper response from an appointed official to astroturfed lies and misrepresentations should look like.
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