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- On Dec. 13, 2021, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the awarding of funds through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative to All Points Broadband and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission to bring broadband to unserved areas within SVEC’s territory. Read the press release on the Virginia Governor's website.
- In August 2020, the SVEC board voted to explore broadband partnership opportunities in each locality that paired up with our previously approved fiber project.
- The cooperative entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of achieving the board’s directive of using the fiber network primarily for electric communication needs, while also serving as a middle mile provider.
- The MOU is between Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, All Points Broadband and Dominion Virginia Power in an effort to extend broadband service to unserved parts of the cooperative’s service territory.
- These three entities met with representatives from multiple counties to introduce the project concept and invite the localities to join the MOU.
- While SVEC does not anticipate becoming an internet service provider, the board feels strongly about trying to find solutions by way of partnership to help with the rural broadband challenge.
- The MOU, and any project born from it, is a fulfillment of the board’s 2020 goal.
- The cooperative looks forward to working with localities interested in this partnership and remains open to further discussion with additional internet service providers.