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Sperryville spire to remain ‘Sky Blue’

“The topic of the Sperryville tower color was on the May 6, 2019 Board [of Supervisors] meeting agenda,” Rappahannock County Administrator Garrey W. Curry noted this week. “While there was no formal action taken by the Board, there was general consensus to take no action to alter the color, believing that the color would fade with time.” […]

Broadband/Internet

Can you hear me now?

In layman’s terms, Lauren May explained that Shentel had previously adjusted various transmission “configurations” believing it might help “improve” the provider’s service to the county, when it fact it did the opposite. She said Shentel has since “tweaked the system” to the extent that the original problems appear to be “resolved.” […]

Broadband/Internet

Balloon soars, will towers follow?

Frazier: A balloon 199-feet in the air gives no comparison to scale of a tower with antenna array — Cell tower developer Community Wireless Structures (CWS) arguably would have its hands full with one Rappahannock resident in particular if and when it files wireless facility permit applications for two 199-foot lattice towers proposed on the north and south ends of Woodville along Sperryville Pike. […]

Broadband/Internet

Sperryville’s new steel tower is quite ‘white’

One of the towers, a shiny light blue monopole that stands out markedly against a backdrop of Shenandoah National Park, was erected only last week in Sperryville by Arlington-based Community Wireless Structures (CWS) and already there are calls for county officials to have it repainted. The same company wants to erect two lattice cell towers along the sparsely populated Sperryville Pike-Route 522 corridor. […]

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Robin Bolt recognized for bringing bandwidth to ‘rural Rappahannock’

In honor of Women’s History Month, Education SuperHighway recently published a blog featuring Bolt, Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Executive Director of Administrative Services. Prior to the recent upgrade, the internet at the schools was insufficient for the needs of all of the students. In fact, Rappahannock was one of only six school divisions in the state that wasn’t equipped with fiber. […]

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Ringing and pinging coming to Sperryville Pike?

The Arlington-based telecommunications company Community Wireless Structures (CWS) says it plans to file applications with the Rappahannock County government to build two 199-foot lattice cell towers along Route 522-Sperryville Pike in Rappahannock County — one midway between Sperryville and Woodville, the other in Scrabble. […]

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Two 199-foot cell towers proposed for Sperryville Pike corridor

The Arlington-based telecommunications company Community Wireless Structures (CWS) says it plans to file applications with the Rappahannock County government to build two 199-foot lattice cell towers along Route 522-Sperryville Pike in Rappahannock County — one almost midway between Sperryville and Woodville, the other in Scrabble. […]

Broadband/Internet

Rural localities, businesses to gain access to REC’s emerging fiber network

REC’s president and CEO, Kent D. Farmer, shared a thorough report with the membership. He noted REC is taking steps to ensure business continuity well into the future and to embrace technology by continuing to offer online tools and mobile apps that provide easy access to electric account information. […]

Broadband/Internet

Broadband in Rappahannock: Where does it go from here?

The seven-member group hasn’t decided what form a restructured committee would take but agreed that transitioning from a formal supervisory committee to something along the lines of a citizen’s committee could allow them more flexibility in devising ways to better connect the county. […]

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Schools, library plan major internet upgrade

In addition to the library, elementary school, high school and school district’s administration building, the enhanced broadband service will also be provided to the Visitors Center, next door to the library. The building’s second floor is now home to the county administrator’s office. […]

Broadband/Internet

Fight on Fogg Mountain 

Now the homeowners of one of these hilltop access points are suing Piedmont Broadband (PBB) for exceeding the terms of its lease. Ron Maxwell and his wife Karen Hochstetter, who live at the top of Fogg Mountain off Ben Venue Road, filed a complaint in January, charging Piedmont and its owner. […]

Broadband/Internet

Look, up in the sky!

Officials from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Lockheed Martin gathered at the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course in Sperryville on two days this past week to test fly an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft, which if everything goes well will soon take off to pinpoint power line outages in hard-to-reach areas of Rappahannock County. […]

Broadband/Internet

Take the broadband survey

Time is running out to complete Rappahannock’s broadband survey, which ends on Oct. 31, to determine exactly where the gaps are in our broadband access and to identify specific community needs for improved broadband service. […]

Broadband/Internet

Rappahannock broadband still buffering

Despite the disbandment of the original panel, at the beginning of this year the Rappahannock Broadband Committee was re-formed by hands-on county supervisor and committee chair John Lesinski. In part, the committee was reinstated in response to a survey conducted by Foothills Forum. […]