Loudoun Supervisors Eye $15.5M for Rural Broadband

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

broadband internet access in western Loudoun.

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.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Supervisors Eye $15.5M for Rural Broadband

  • 2019-11-21 at 1:08 pm

    Taxpayers footing the bill for broadband, yikes! This is not a core government function not matter how much BS you throw at it!

    • 2019-11-25 at 9:19 am

      Mr. Orange,

      I think you need to re-read the article or your simply out of touch with the 21st Century. The County’s fiber system in western Loudoun needs upgraded similar to paving roads, new power lines, new school books, etc. The goal of this upgrade is to connect SCHOOLS in western Loudoun. I’m a staunch conservative on government spending. However, high quality education is critical to the success of our county and businesses. I’m extremely disappointed with the Board of Supervisors (BOS) as they didn’t extend the contract to include ALL western Loudoun County community centers, and Fire & Rescue facilities. These are core services! $4.8M was not included in the contract and demonstrates that the BOS or POS’ are playing politics and favorites. This would never happen in eastern Loudoun. Mr. Orange wake up!

    • 2019-12-05 at 7:02 pm

      Mr. Orange (Prune),

      Since your against funding broadband services to better serve western Loudoun. I suggest that you should stop using taxpayer funded roads, schools, life safety services (police, fire and rescue), libraries, etc. Plus you should unplug your broadband services immediately and not reply to this post. You are completely out of touch and to arrogant to understand the needs of the 21st century. I wish you well with your horse and buggy, telegraph, fireplace, no schooling, etc. Please make sure to contact your local public life safety professionals (police and fire department) to let them know that you no longer are in need their services.

  • 2019-11-22 at 1:40 pm

    Yes, this is so desperately needed.

    Service options are very limited and antiquated and companies will not invest in the infrastructure.

    To concerns that internet is not a core function – get with the times – internet and information access is as essential to quality of life almost to the degree of other public utilities. Information sharing and access to material is worth my tax dollars unless we need to start throwing shade on the idea of publicly backed libraries.

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