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February 8, 2018

For much of Fauquier, this represents “the last mile”

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Copper phone cable buried decades ago along farm road.
By Lawrence Emerson

Extending broadband internet service to the nooks and crannies of rural Fauquier remains a challenge.

Snapped during the morning walk, this photo depicts “the last mile” of telecommunications infrastructure on our farm road — copper wire buried decades ago. Note the old C&P Telephone logo.

Fortunately, thanks to living on the side of a mountain, we get good service from a WISP (wireless internet service provider).

But, hills and trees make that option unavailable to thousands of Fauquier addresses — including some just a few miles from Warrenton, Bealeton and Marshall. The county supervisors will consider a host of options to address the challenges for “last mile” connectivity.

Those options include financial subsidies to extend service in “unserved or underserved” areas. (See item “i” among consent agenda items below.)

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Fauquier BOS Agenda Feb. 8, 2018 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Southcountyguy · February 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm
Kudos to supervisor Gerhardt for taking on what seems an impossible task in the face of constantly evolving technologies. It is both fortunate that the county did not enter into the deal with the now defunct company and unfortunate that the county cannot identify a company that can provide at least the core infrastructure. Until broadband is viewed as a basic utility like electricity, rural areas will remain on the other side of the digital divide.
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