I attended the first meeting of Rural Areas Access to High Speed Internet Service at Yancey School yesterday.
Albemarle County won a grant application funded by the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative allowing four additions to Century Link High Speed Internet Access in areas previously not served. I attended the meeting along with Mike Culp, head of IT for Albemarle County. Mike was the writer of the grant application which will be used to fund the project. Mike connected residents near Yancey School with two Century Link engineers. The “hub” now in place will allow service to be expanded to “the last mile.”
Other areas lacking high speed internet service are applying for Virginia grant money, which will be partly matched by Century Link. This will provide the internet service needed so that our children can have the tools necessary to prepare them for 21st century jobs, our police and first responders will be able to more efficiently serve our community and start up and small businesses will be able to grow their business and increase their profitability.
Many thanks to Mike Culp for leading this effort!