Rural Broadband Pilot Program

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Dominion Energy Virginia is developing a pilot program to help rural localities in the Commonwealth obtain broadband access as outlined in recent legislation.

We are actively working to create partnerships with Internet Service Providers (ISP's) to reach localities without high-speed internet within our electric service territory. Our goal is to provide the important “middle-mile resource” needed to extend service into unserved communities.  View this factsheet for more information on the Rural Broadband initiative.

Contact us if you have questions, or wish to discuss your locality's or ISP’s interest in participating in the program.

In December 2018, the Company delivered its Broadband Feasibility Report to the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), the Broadband Advisory Council, and the Chairmen of the House and Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor. The Report recognized broadband access supports many benefits: economic development, social equity, public safety, healthcare services, and educational opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth.

Projects

  • Surry & Sussex County - Dominion Energy Virginia has entered a partnership with Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to provide high-speed internet access to thousands of unserved residents in rural areas of Surry County. See the press release for more information.
    • Dominion Energy employees and contractors supporting this project are adhering to social distancing guidelines and protocols.
    • Questions related to internet-service should be directed to RURALBAND; visit their website at https://www.ruralband.coop for updates and additional information.
  • Northern Neck – All Points Broadband, Dominion Energy Virginia, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and the counties of King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance a regional broadband partnership. This project aims to deliver fiber-optic broadband service to unserved households and businesses in Virginia’s Northern Neck Region. See the press release for more information.
    • Dominion Energy is not an internet service provider. Currently unserved residents of the Northern Neck can preregister for service and sign up to receive updates on the initiative online at https://broadbandforva.org or via email at info@broadbandforva.org.
  • Botetourt County – Dominion Energy is working to provide “middle-mile” fiber optic cable infrastructure to bridge the digital gap and allow for future expansion of fiber service to areas in Botetourt County.
    • Dominion Energy employees and contractors are currently conducting initial field assessments and surveys along approximately 33 miles of middle-mile fiber along existing powerlines in Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties in support of a future broadband pilot project.  All personnel are adhering to social distancing guidelines and protocols.
    • More details related to this effort will be announced in the near future.
       

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