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High-speed Internet to cost $37.95 a month

Published 11:14am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

COURTLAND—When high-speed Internet comes available after Labor Day throughout Southampton and Isle of Wight counties, residents can expect to pay $37.95 plus taxes for the service.

That’s according to Mickey Sims, general manager of Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, which applied for $18.9 million in federal stimulus fund in 2009 to develop a rural broadband system in a 15-county area of southeastern Virginia.

Sims told Southampton County supervisors during their recent meeting that an agreement with the Department of Commerce will mean the basic fee will remain the same for four years. Higher speeds of Internet will be available at an increased cost.

Currently, high-speed Internet is limited to town and villages. Residents have been limited to dial-up, costly satellite services and air-card connections through cell phone providers like Verizon.

“Affordable broadband access is an economic game-changer for rural communities, opening doors and providing opportunities for rural residents that have long been beyond their reach,” County Administrator Mike Johnson told supervisors.

Sims told supervisors the service will cover the entire county.

Construction began earlier this year in Emporia on the network. Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative crews began burying cable west of Emporia and will continue to follow Route 58 into Courtland and Franklin. Another line from Wakefield will connect with Windsor and Smithfield in Isle of Wight County.

It took about 12 months to get the permits and the environmental assessment done.

Buggs Island Telephone also will offer unlimited long-distance calling for $30 a month, Sims said. Packages will be offered to businesses in Franklin, Emporia, South Hill and Smithfield.

 

 

 

 

  • SlimPickens

    I think the so called ‘stimulus’ was meant to help businesses create jobs so ordinary folks could gain employment. Makalani has a valid point though…..our tax dollars funded a project that we now must pay a monthly fee for once it is up and running. DIRECT TV now offers internet via satallite through some new company called “Blue Sky” or something like that. I understand the rates for that are about the same as this new high speed stuff coming this fall and the speeds are much faster than anything out there.

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    • happycamper

      Slim, this service will provide huge advantages to folks in the country. High-speed internet is today’s version of the Interstate Highway system. We taxpayers paid a bundle for the highways, but wouldn’t you agree we have benefited? And … we still “pay” to use them through taxes on fuel and other things. This is a “stimulus” that I don’t mind paying. The ones I abhor are the “green” initiatives that are rooted in political correctness and are destined to fail until the market has a need for them. High-speed internet? Yep! There’s a need!

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  • http://www.blackwaternottoway.com Jeff Turner

    I’ll believe it when I’m able to open up this TN link faster than the 4 minutes it takes the home page to now load on dial-up. YES 4 minutes.

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    • RWH

      Hey Jeff, You have a laptop right? Verizon Broadband USB card for me is 3bars signal strength with an antenna booster near the Carolina line off 258. Much slower than picking up the wi-fi signal at the library but waaaay faster than dial up. Draw back is $50 a month though.

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  • RWH

    Is Southampton at the North Carolina line going to have strong signal strength or not? That area has always been fringe with Verizon on broadband.

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  • joiningthefun

    Thanks Zuni1 for the questions.

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  • bobs94

    I agree with zuni1. This is a very vague news story. At the very least include a link to the information.

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  • zuni1

    $37.95 seems reasonable enough. But what will the initial equipment charges be? How many MB’s per month is that? What are the speeds going to be? Lot of information left out here.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “…tongue-in-cheek”? My lips are sealed! lol

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  • employee2

    I hope that was mostly “tongue-in-cheek”?

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  • Makalani

    Isn’t paying $37.95 double taxation? Company spent $18.9 million in Federal corporate welfare monies … errrr…errrr… “Federal Stimulus Funds” — now is charging the taxpayers for a service that they already financed!

    Does the company also get to keep any profits? OF COURSE!

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