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Botetourt Broadband Resolution sets out to make the internet a utility

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Botetourt County leaders say they’re prepared for COVID-19 only one thing would make those working from home and first responders jobs a great deal easier during this time is expanding Broadband throughout the region. This resolution is to rally support to make Broadband a utility and not viewed as a luxury any longer.

“One of the things that I think is very very important is that we reach out to make this a universal thing… to make sure that this is considered a utility.”

Dr. Max Scothorn – Chairman of the Broadband Commission / Botetourt County

Botetourt County has been pushing for the expansion of Broadband throughout the county and now more than ever it’s needed.

“We’ve been working very aggresively in the last few years on addressing the lack of Broadband connectivity in Botetourt, but this pandemic more than anything else has identified the absolute need.”

Ken McFadyen – Director of Economic Development / Botetourt County

When it comes to Broadband connectivity requirements, many in rural areas can not sustain connection to the internet or have no way of connecting to the internet.

“What we’re finding is about 30% of Botetourt County does not meet the requirments of what we call 25/3… which is 25 download and 3 upload so… we don’t meet those requirements, you know some people in that 30% have 10/2, some people don’t have connectivity what so ever.”

Dr. Max Scothorn – Chairman of the Broadband Commission / Botetourt County

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