Botetourt County to bring broadband internet to nearly 1,400 new homes, businesses by end of the year

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During a Board of Supervisors meeting in Botetourt County, officials declared the week of Oct. 5-11 as being Botetourt Broadband Week, but that was not the biggest announcement to come from the meeting.

According to Supervisor Mac Scothorn, the county expects to have nearly 1,400 new homes and businesses in Botetourt County connected to broadband services.

“While there is still much to be done, we wanted to take the time to reflect on the tremendous progress our community has made over the last three years. It’s incredible that we have developed strategies and partnerships that will successfully connect nearly 1,400 new homes and businesses by the end of the calendar year.”

Mac Scothorn, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors

Botetourt County has been working to prioritize broadband access to the county since the fall of 2017.

In March of 2018, the Botetourt County Broadband Commission was formed and that same fall, the BOCO Summit was held which was a strategy and innovation summit attracting industry-leading experts who spoke on a wide array of possible strategies and solutions.

In 2019, Botetourt County hired Sandy Terry, a well-known technology consultant to help define and prioritize local project priorities and grant application opportunities.

During the past three years, Botetourt County secured $760,000 in Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grants and attracted several new broadband providers to the area.

The County has also worked closely with new and existing service providers to drive new investment directly to areas needing coverage the most.

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