Affordable, reliable, high-speed internet access is becoming a necessity for families and businesses. I'm working hard to remove barriers that are hindering expansion of this service in our communities.
Here are some Broadband bills I filed in the last few years:
- 2020: HB 979 Utility easements; pole attachments.
- 2019: HB2573 Utility easements; pole attachments.
- 2018: HB656 Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group to examine Sect. 106 review.
- 2018: HB1283 Utility easements; pole attachments.
May 11, 2023 Broadband UpdateToday, Governor Youngkin announced another VATI grant was approved for Shenandoah County, a $4,936,968 VATI award, with a $9,168,655 match, for a $14,105,623 project, in partnership with Shentel, to build a fiber-to-the-home broadband network to 2,447 unserved locations, including 29 businesses and community anchors.
November 1, 2022 Broadband Update
After many years of legislative and local efforts, we are finally seeing rapid progress towards universal broadband access for all of the constituents I serve. Through public-private partnerships, fiber-to-home broadband projects are moving forward to serve all residents in Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, and Shenandoah Counties. A combination of state VATI grants approved in December 2022, local government contributions, broadband provider buy-in, and funding and access from electricity providers is making this long-term effort a reality. While final planning of the networks is still ongoing, steps have already been taken to secure the necessary materials, and some construction activity is starting. A project this big won’t be done overnight, but is required to be completed by July 1, 2024 for Loudoun County and July 22, 2025 for Clarke, Frederick and Warren; check here for timing in Shenandoah County - progress reporting for all projects is available on the VATI dashboard here: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/virginiadhcd/viz/VATIDashboard/Overall
- At the Nov. 1, 2022 Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meeting, staff presented a status update of the current projects to bring broadband to Western Loudoun. View that information here.
- All residents of Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick and Warren Counties who don’t currently have broadband should go to https://fiber.allpointsbroadband.com/ to make sure they are signed up and to receive updates.
- Shenandoah County residents can find the latest info on their project at https://shentel.com/en/vati-maps/Shenandoah_Co_VATI
- Below are two broadband programs that can benefit individual unserved Virginians. See below for more information, and how you can get help connecting to broadband internet.
- Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) A federal program helping low-income households pay for broadband service. The Affordable Connectivity Program was created by the FCC to help households struggling to pay for internet service. Eligible households can enroll in the ACP through an approved provider or by visiting GetInternet.gov
- Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP) Currently expands existing broadband networks to low-to-moderate-income residents to households setback from the road. For a subset of Virginians, broadband connections are not attainable because their home exceeds an internet service provider’s standard connection drop length from a roadway or easement containing telecommunications infrastructure. The cost incurred by home owners to extend broadband infrastructure to these locations, referred to as special construction costs, range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the distance and cost to connect the location. DHCD has released LECAP Applicant Portal for households to apply for assistance! Individuals seeking assistance through LECAP should apply through the portal here: https://dhcd.virginia.gov/lecap
December 13, 2021, the Commonwealth announced the latest awards of the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to bring universal broadband service to all currently unserved residents and businesses in Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties. Del. LaRock said, “I know it’s been a very long and painful process to bring broadband service to all my constituents in Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties. Over the last 8+ years, I’ve heard from so many constituents about the way lack of reliable internet service has hindered their ability to work, learn and enjoy life in the rural parts of the district I serve. I’ve worked with all the local governments, internet providers, and constituents to try everything possible to bring them affordable access to reliable broadband internet. I look forward to working with all my constituents and the stakeholders in this project to finally bring this long-standing effort to a successful resolution in the coming months.”
An updated deployment timeframe for each of All Points' projects funded Monday will be announced in early 2022. Residents should visit fiber.allpointsbroadband.com to register their location and to sign up to receive more information about broadband deployment projects in their area.
Information on the newly-available Federal Communications Commission program that has launched to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
- Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.
- You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311
June 6, 2021 Important Broadband Expansion Survey
November 17, 2020 Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Emergency Broadband Initiative
Item I-1 Response to BMI-Emergency Broadband Implementation Plan.pdf Item I-1 Response to BMI-Emergency Broadband Implementation Plan-Staff Presentation.pdf Story Map of Loudoun County Telecommunication Projects InteractiveLoudoun County Telecommunication Projects map on Loudoun GeoHub
August 11, 2020 Northern Loudoun All Points/ NOVEC Announcement I was pleased to join All Points Broadband and NOVEC to announce an agreement that will support All Points’ efforts to extend
fiber-to-the-home broadband service to more than 1,000 homes in northern Loudoun County. The initial locations targeted for service are within or adjacent to NOVEC’s service territory and do not have access to fiber-optic, gigabit-capable broadband today. If you live in the area in purple on the map below, and are interested in receiving this fiber-optic internet, please read more and register your location here.
July, 2020 update on LCPS / Loudoun County Government / SEGRA Fiber Network The LCPS Fiber network is nearing completion, and work on the County project is moving forward. While this fiber network will provide better internet service to schools and government facilities, and save significant taxpayer money over time, I'm most excited about these projects because SEGRA will make fiber available for internet service providers in the area. Contact me if your neighborhood is near the network (see map to the right, and at link above) and needs broadband service.
In May of 2019, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and I hosted a Broadband Town Hall meeting. The handout from this meeting is here. A news article covering the Broadband Town Hall is here Another news article highlighting some of the progress we're making in Loudoun is here
One critical issue that has been hindering rural broadband efforts around the country is lack of realistic maps of where people are served or not. In very exciting recent news, Virginia has a head-start on other states, because the Commonwealth was one of two states in a groundbreaking new mapping process. More information on the mapping pilot program is here.
August 15, 2018, I gave a presentation on HB1283 at the Virginia Broadband Advisory Council meeting.
While HB656 did not pass in 2018, it led to ongoing meetings and coordination between Loudoun County and DHR staff; one provider recently told me "As an applicant, we continue to see great strides by DHR in this area and are grateful for everyone’s efforts and support."
Another important piece of rural broadband legislation I supported was my Loudoun County colleague Randy Minchew's 2016 legislation HB912 Transportation, Department of; installation of broadband conduit on public highways.
Local Broadband Providers:
33rd District Local government's broadband information pages are here:
Here are some providers which serve parts of the 33rd District (please let us know if we're missing any):
Wired Broadband & Cable TV Service Providers (Video, Internet, Voice)
Verizon FiOS Loudoun Service Map (PDF)
Wireless Residential & Business Broadband and Metro-Ethernet Providers
All Points Broadband
Sugarloaf Network serves a limited area in northern Loudoun County.
Phone: 855-698-3534, ext.502
Telegia serves a limited area in the 20180 zip code.
Visual Link Internet
Visual Link serves a limited area in western Loudoun County.
Virginia Air Networks
Satellite TV & Internet Services Providers
DSL Service Providers
Visual Link Internet