Loudoun Co. begins expanding broadband access to underserved residents

Under a new grant, Loudoun County is set to expand broadband access to previously unserved areas of the county.

Last December, Loudoun County won more than $17.5 million in grants from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative to expand fiber optic Internet service.

Now the county is poised to expand broadband access to previously unserved areas of the county.

According Loudoun Now, County Broadband Expansion is partnered with All Points Broadband, whose teams will handle the installation process. The project is also partnering with the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and Dominion Power, as the new fiber optic cables will run alongside existing power lines.

Loudoun County Deputy Chief Information Officer Dave Friedrich told Loudon Now the expansion is expected to take between 24 and 30 months, but residents can expect to see the connection before that.

Friedrich also said that people can subscribe to receive updates and identify areas that may be missed.

For customers not serviced by VATI, Friedrich said they may be eligible for assistance under the Line Extension Customer Assistance Program directive, which is a state program aimed at “ directing $8 million in US federal bailout funding to help offset the cost of extending broadband to the unserved. homes of low to middle income residents.

More information about LECAP can be found on the Loudon County website.

Joshua Barlow of WTOP contributed to this story.

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