County officials and commission members have been inundated with inquiries about broadband service ever since the county’s Broadband Summit in late September.
“Since the summit, we’ve had meeting after meeting after meeting,” commission chair and Board of Supervisors member Mac Scothorn said. “It propelled us forward two years.”
He said the commission needed someone to filter and assimilate the information that has evolved from the summit so the county hired Terry, who has two decades of experience with broadband, including service in rural areas.
Terry’s presentation, “Botetourt Broadband Planning,” outlined the course she is following to provide the commission and Board of Supervisors with a geographically phased plan that prioritizes by demand (residential, business, medical and county) where the county should begin its efforts in establishing or upgrading broadband service.
That will include identifying areas where the commission and supervisors will need to build public awareness and promote efforts to adopt the plan.
She told the commission the process she’s using includes identifying the unmet demand in the county— where…