Tag: broadband

As the Shore struggles to solve the difficult problem of getting affordable high-speed broadband to 100% of its homes and businesses, we ask, “What is the Accomack-Northampton Electric Cooperative doing to help?” In some Virginia counties, the electric co-ops are taking the lead role. In Nelson County, the Central Virginia...
By Carol Vaughn — A crowd turned out for a meeting the Accomack County Board of Supervisors held June 2 to receive comment about using federal pandemic recovery funds. The board will continue discussion about how to spend nearly $6.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds at its June 16...
By Stefanie Jackson – When Northampton supervisors held a public hearing May 25 on fiscal year 2021 budget amendments totaling nearly $29 million, citizens banded together to call for investment in broadband access for approximately 30% of Eastern Shore households that have poor or no internet. Peg Volk, of Cherrystone...
By Carol Vaughn — A $1.2 million grant awarded through the state’s Community Development Block Grant program will help meet urgent needs on the Eastern Shore related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Accomack County Board of Supervisors at the May 19 meeting authorized Accomack County Administrator Mike Mason to execute the...
By Carol Vaughn — Tangier is getting broadband internet service. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority last week had a crew on Tangier installing fiber to provide broadband service to the island town, population around 700. Just under 2 1/2 miles of fiber was being installed throughout town in the week-long...
By Stefanie Jackson – Congresswoman Elaine Luria visited the Eastern Shore last week, and her first stop was in Exmore at theGIG coworking and entrepreneurial center, where members have had reliable access to broadband internet and worked remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Luria met GIG member Joseph Andrews, the vice...
Dear Editor: The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority, Spectrum, and Neubeam are steadily improving our access to highspeed broadband, defined by the FCC as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. Some of the hookup costs can be pricey, but most broadband monthly service costs are affordable. But the...
By Carol Vaughn — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors directed County Administrator Mike Mason to ask the school board for its position on moving school administration offices from the county administration building in Accomac to the Accomac public library building. The library is slated to move to its new quarters...
By Carol Vaughn — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors authorized County Administrator Mike Mason to develop a memorandum of understanding with the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority to expand broadband services. Projects in this phase total more than $865,500 and will be paid for through funds derived from the...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore has made progress toward offering high-speed internet, aka broadband, to all its residents, but availability isn’t the only issue – quality and affordability are also essential, a recent online forum revealed. “I know all too well the challenges for Virginia’s unconnected, and this...