By Charles Vivier
The Patrick County Broadband Committee is working to upgrade broadband speeds throughout the county, which is needed to help students, attract businesses and promote economic development, as well as grow other sectors that include tourism and medical. (Contributed photo)

“The Patrick County community must have a Will and a WISP,” members of the Broadband Committee were told by Dr. Andrew M. Cohill at a special called meeting on Feb. 20.

He spoke to the group, which is seeking guidance and input from a number of sources, including Cohill, who is president and CEO of Design Nine, a world renowned consulting firm headquartered in Blacksburg.

“The citizens must have the will to financially provide a broadband network that provides open access to wireless internet service providers (WISPs),” he said.

In his presentation, Cohill promoted Open Access of broadband through distributive ownership whereby local government, homeowners associations, customers, etc. own some portion of the infrastructure used by the internet service provider (ISP) delivering broadband service.

The Open Access provider (county government) remains neutral and…

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