As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.
A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.
According to the Star Exponent:
The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.