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Surry County Broadband Project Update

Surry County Broadband Project Update

On March 29, 2017 the Honorable Governor Terry McAuliffe announced  VATI grant awards of  $945,000 through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for Albemarle, Augusta, Bland, Gloucester and Greensville counties. These funds were designated  for communities partnering with private sector providers to extend broadband access to unserved areas of the Virginia.  Regrettably, Surry County’s grant submittal was not selected for funding.    The Surry County Board of Supervisors directed Administrative Staff to commence negotiating with SCS Broadband, Inc. our grant partner to develop a public private partnership to launch Broadband subscription services in Surry County  post-haste!  

 

SCS Broadband, Inc. has committed to offering wireless ISP service to Surry County subscribers in CY2017 using the new generation LTE technology which offers more efficient bandwidth, with minimal incidents of latency and buffering. LTE was designed for outdoor wireless, not indoor wireless local networks. As a more advanced technology designed specifically for outdoors, LTE was designed for outdoor wireless, notindoor wireless local networks.  As a more advanced technology designed specifically for outdoors, LTE signals can hold higher modulation levels in the face of obstruction.  LTE also does a better job of aggregating the various reflections from leaves and still provides high levels of throughput.  The proposed network design will permit our ISP partner to offer subscription services to business and residents ranging from 10-100 Mbps (and with the current generation of fiber network equipment, LTE, speeds of up to 1 Gbps).  Upload speeds will be open to availability by location, with a minimum of 1Mbps and a maximum of 20Mbps. Services are to be supported by an existing fiber backhaul to a contracted exchange network. The exchange will allow for the use of major high bandwidth applications within the network such as Netflix, Apple TV and Blackboard.  Please see the SCS Broadband, Inc. link for information regarding subscription pricing and bandwidth. 

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