CARES Act grant awarded to Botetourt County’s effort to increase accessibility to broadband

Roanoke Valley News

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Officials with Botetourt County say they have been awarded a grant totaling $569,808 to help increase broadband accessibility to underserved citizens in the community.

Over the course of the last few years, Botetourt County has made significant investments to improve and expand broadband access by, thus far, securing more than $3.3 million in grants to support and prioritize broadband expansion initiatives.

“Our efforts to connect all of Botetourt continue to move forward and we are thankful for the latest round of funding through the state of Virginia. These funds not only help to bring much needed high-speed internet service to citizens, but, in this critical moment, are also experiencing opportunities for distance learning, telehealth, and remote work as we all continue to deal with the impacts and new realities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Mac Scothorn, Vice Chairman of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors and Chairman of

The latest grant specifically provides Botetourt with a CBRS (Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service) 3-sector node and 250 fixed wireless CPEs (Customer Premise Units) for use in the Fincastle area.

Mapping of the service area will be developed and shared with the community as soon as early Spring.

CBRS is a newer fixed wireless broadband deployment technology to be placed into service quickly and deliver reliable high-speed service to citizens..

This technology was first developed for military deployment. Locally, it was introduced into Botetourt County by the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority who is already in the process of implementing two nodes in the Greenfield area.

The latest grant will now allow for a third CBRS broadcast location.

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