After years of study and a blue ribbon committee formed to specifically address the problem, the issue of high speed Internet accessibility in rural portions of Hanover County appears to a question with few answers.
But that doesn’t mean that county officials aren’t looking or listening for options.
Sean Davis, vice chair of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and Henry District representative, recently conducted a town hall meeting on the subject, with more than 200 people packing the cafeteria at Battlefield Park Elementary School to express their frustrations. Patrick Dye of Verizon also attended the meeting.
“I understand those frustrations,” Davis said in a recent interview. “I want those people to know that I am interested in finding solutions. These folks took time out of their schedule to sit in a hot cafeteria with no air conditioning while we held this meeting.”
After months of study, the county’s high speed Internet committee compiled a list of recommendations, including tax zones, grant applications, wireless options and alternative services.
“They had no immediate solutions to the problem, no fault of their own. They did come up with some recommendations,” Davis said.
While technology is addressing new options, there’s still no cure all for the county’s access problems in areas like Old Church, Black Creek and Studley.
“One of the issues that has plagued this conversation is providing accurate and timely information to the citizens about the challenges of high speed Internet accessibility in rural areas,” Davis said.
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