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Timeline emerges for Louisa broadband tower build-out

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the ink dry on a contract with a tower construction firm, county officials have established a timeline over the next six months to complete a wireless broadband internet network.

The timeline is tentative, subject to the vagaries of local politics, among other potential delays. Only three of the towers, those at Moss-Nuckols and Jouett elementary schools and the high school, appear to be a sure thing. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors still needs to grant conditional use permits for the other three towers for which it approved a contract on Dec. 20.

It isn’t clear whether there are enough votes on the board for that to happen. Supervisor Tommy Barlow (Mountain Road district), who had voted several times in the past to support the county’s broadband project, voted against the recent contract. He said a recent announcement by Central Virginia Electric Cooperative that it would provide broadband via fiber-optic cables to customers in the Green Springs and Ferncliff areas had given him pause.

But he did not say he would now vote with the bloc of supervisors aligned against the county’s project, which includes Supervisors Toni Williams (Jackson district), Troy Wade (Louisa district) and newcomer Duane Adams (Mineral district).

Matt Bussing, who works with the authority as a consultant with Wide Open Networks of Blacksburg, presented a timeline that shows Mountain Valley Tower Service Inc. building the first three towers by mid-April. The second set of three towers at Trevilians Elementary School, Buckner-Bumpass Park and on Cross County Road near Gum Spring would be done by mid-July, assuming the board approves them.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 11 edition of The Central Virginian.

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