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Supervisors ask Forbes to check into Internet delay

Published 9:49am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

COURTLAND—Southampton County supervisors will ask U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., to check into the delay of getting wireless Internet to the county.

County Administrator Mike Johnson told supervisors during their Monday meeting that Internet provider Buggs Island blamed the delay on an interference encountered from Verizon cell towers. Headquartered in Bracey, Buggs Island expected to launch the service on Sept. 15.

“We have contacted them,” Johnson said. “They have indicated they are working on it, but can’t give a timeline.”

Newsoms District Supervisor Glenn Updike suggested Forbes look into the matter since the system was government funded.

Buggs Island received $18.9 million in federal stimulus money and $3.9 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission for the $23 million system, which will provide the service to 15 counties, including Southampton and Isle of Wight.

An official with Buggs Island said last month the service could be delayed until the end of the year.

Once available, the minimum residential service will cost $37.95 a month for 1.5 megabits per second; the maximum will cost $54.95 at 4 megabits per second. Included in the fee is a $3 monthly equipment rental.

Businesses will start at $48 a month and pay up to $84.95 a month for 4 megabits. Up to 10 megabits per second will be available for businesses.

There are no caps or limitations on the service.

It will cost $119.99 for homes and businesses to hook up to the system, and users will be required to sign a two-year contract.

Residential rates will be offered to schools, hospitals, fire departments and local government.

For more information, call Buggs Island in South Hill at 1-434-689-6300, or corporate headquarters at 1-434-636-2274.


  • Jeff Turner

    Yep, looks like another case of stimulus money going into corporate pockets. We here on my section of unity road are still on dial-up and still have no cell service or spotty at best. It took nearly 10 minutes just to open the TN web-site. It is what we have to deal with everyday. The only other recourse is sat web which I’m told is spotty also.

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  • Makalani

    $$Billions$$ of stimulus $$s were hurriedly doled out “for shovel ready projects” as the politicians boasted at the time. Evidently — there wasn’t time to put in checks and balances assuring the quality or successful completion of many of the projects.

    Congressman Forbes did his part by steering stimulus $$s to his District. Now he is being asked to close the barn door after the “horse of ineptitude” is out running amok across the countryside! lol

    RE: “…interference encountered from Verizon cell towers!” The whole country is dotted with celltowers! Surely Buggs Island is not the first wireless installer to encounter such interference — if that is in fact the case!

    Buggs should call Cox Cable – Comcast — Charter Cable ask them how they overcame interference from cellphone towers. They have toll-free numbers — won’t cost a dime!

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    • stanleycr1

      You are exactly right. This project was supposed to be “shovel ready” 3 years ago.It took almost 2 years to even get started and now it apparently does not work.

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  • Ethan

    Tidewater News: Please correct the subject/verb agreement error in this headline. Bad grammar makes you look unprofessional. (Or if I were to write like you, bad grammar make you look unprofessional.)

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    • employee2

      Congratulations they listened to your correction.

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