The Board of Supervisors’ finance committee last week endorsed spending an estimated $15.5 million to lay down what they hope will form the backbone of an expanded fiber network for
The county government would piggyback on the school system’s existing contract with Lumos Networks Inc., adding additional fiber optic cable to that contractor’s work to connect school facilities in western Loudoun. It would also replace the county’s own aging fiber infrastructure, which, according to a county report, is nearing the end of its life expectancy.
Supervisors hope the extra fiber will make it more feasible for private internet service providers to provide affordable broadband service to western Loudoun residents. It is also expected to bring down the county’s own costs over the long term.
Five county facilities are not included in the contract: the Bluemont Community Center, the Philomont Community Center, Philomont Fire & Rescue, Loudoun Heights Fire & Rescue, and the Loudoun Heights Public Safety Radio Tower. Connecting to those is expected to cost $4.8 million, something supervisors will consider as they write the next fiscal year’s budget.
The committee recommended that contract 4-0-1, with County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) absent.