Virtual Townhall on Broadband Access 2
On February 16 at 6:30pm, join Repower REC and Christopher Ali, professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, for a discussion of rural broadband internet, and the potential for cooperatives to provide high speed broadband with fiber-optic cable to the home in unserved and underserved areas. Professor Ali will discuss the differences between fiber optic cable to the home and alternatives such as as fixed-wireless internet and Starlink satellite internet. Professor Ali is a nationally recognized expert on rural broadband. His book, Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity, will be published by MIT Press this fall.
Repower REC will also provide a brief update on the Grano vs. Rappahannock Electric Co-op federal lawsuit filed last October, which REC says led it to abandon its efforts to provide broadband in its service territory. The suit challenges a 2020 Virginia law (SB794), which allows electric utilities to use existing easements to provide fiber optic cable for high-speed internet services.
Virtual Townhall on Broadband Access
On Wednesday August 5th Repower REC hosted a Virtual Townhall on Broadband internet access with Seth Heald & a national broadband expert. Seth was a candidate for the Rappahannock Electric Co-op (REC) board and is advocating for the co-op to bring fiber to the homes (FTTH) of REC member-owners. We also had a national expert in broadband expansion: Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).
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