Middle Peninsula Broadband Authority proposed
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse in Saluda to hear public input on a resolution to create the Middle Peninsula Broadband Authority.
The authority would be comprised of Essex, King and Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties. The purpose would be to access the affordability of high speed data and internet services (broadband) that is mostly unavailable to businesses and citizens in rural counties.
The resolution states that broadband is important for fostering economic development, improving educational opportunities, ensuring public safety, and enhancing the overall quality of life for citizens of the region.
It further states that the counties in the proposed authority have made a determination that in order to facilitate the provision of affordable broadband service to businesses, governmental agencies, and the general public, it is in the best interest of the general welfare of the citizens of each county to form a regional broadband authority.
If approved, the board of directors of the Middle Peninsula Broadband Authority shall consist of five members. One member shall be appointed by each county.
“This is something that a lot of people think we need in our county,” said board chairman Wayne Jessie. “We have a lot of rural land in Middlesex and it’s hard for some to get speedy internet. It is certainly something that we need to consider and need to have the public comment on.”