Tag: broadband

By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) has been awarded a Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant of more than $12.3 million to build out ESVBA’s fiber network and provide access to high-speed internet, aka broadband, to more than 11,000 locations in Accomack and Northampton...
By Stefanie Jackson – Responding to the waning COVID-19 pandemic that leaves behind struggling economies in localities across Virginia and the U.S., inflation, minimum wage, and affordable housing were among the topics discussed by state and local elected officials at the Eggs and Issues breakfast held Dec. 8 by...
By Carol Vaughn — Two companies filed challenges to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority’s application for a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grant, which, if approved, would give $12.3 million in state funds to expand the broadband network in Accomack and Northampton counties. ESVBA Executive Director Robert Bridgham received an Oct....
By Stefanie Jackson – At the direction of Canonie Atlantic, the company that owns the Eastern Shore's 49-mile railroad, the removal of unused track has begun, marking the beginning of the region’s rails-to-trails project, but it does not have the full support of the public, Northampton County supervisors learned...
Dear Editor: Your article states “The ESVBA currently provides the fastest internet speed on the Shore, according to the BroadbandNow website, as stated in the application.” The BroadbandNow website does indeed say ESVBA offers speeds up to 2,000 Mbps in my area (https:// broadbandnow.com/Virginia/CapeCharles?zip=23310), but when you click on the ESVBA...
By Carol Vaughn — The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority, with its partners, Accomack and Northampton counties, submitted an application under the Virginia Telecomunications Initiative 2022 program requesting $12.3 million in state funds to expand the broadband network in Accomack and Northampton counties. Applications were due Sept. 14 and the...
By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County officials at a Sept. 15 meeting continued discussion of how to use nearly $6.3 million in federal funds coming to the county as result of the American Rescue Plan Act. The Board of Supervisors previously identified three priorities for spending for the first of two...
By Carol Vaughn — Speakers during a question-and-answer session at Accomack-Northampton Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting Thursday, Aug. 26, in Tasley, voiced concerns about internet access on the Eastern Shore, saying electric cooperatives in other parts of the United States are playing a role in providing broadband service to customers. Speakers also...
Story and Photos by Stefanie Jackson – The Office, a newly opened professional workspace in Belle Haven featuring open and private office space and high-speed internet, isn’t your average old building that has been repurposed and given a new lease on life. Originally opened as the Belle Haven Bank in...
By Carol Vaughn — Data from the 2020 U.S. census shows Accomack County’s population increased by 249 people since the 2010 census, a 0.8% change. The county has 33,413 residents, according to the latest census. The U.S. Census Bureau released block data for the county Aug. 12. The Accomack County Board of...