Broadband

The County’s Broadband Advisory Committee (BAC) was chartered on May 13, 2019 with the purpose of serving as an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors to assist with the planning, administration, and implementation of New Kent County’s broadband plan.

In Spring 2019, the Committee worked closely with a consultant, Rural Broadband Consulting, to encourage County residents and business owners to complete a broadband survey. Close to 900 respondents provided feedback and the consultant released the final report:

New Kent County Existing Broadband State (May 2019)
New Kent County Existing Broadband State (June 2019)

On January 29, 2020, the BAC presented its efforts to develop a New Kent County Strategic Broadband Plan, and its recommendation for expanding broadband service in the County:

Broadband Advisory Committee Report (PDF)
Broadband Advisory Committee Report Spreadsheet (PDF)

On June 24, 2020, the BAC presented updated information and their updated recommendation to the Board of Supervisors:

Broadband Advisory Committee presentation (PDF)
Broadband Advisory Committee recommendation (PDF)
New Kent County Internet Fact Sheet (PDF)

On July 29, 2020, the BAC appeared before the Board of Supervisors again and introduced Nicholas Pascaretti, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore BAC. They also provided the following documentation:

Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority Fact Sheet
Nicholas Pascaretti Resume 2019
Feasibility Estimate Spreadsheet

Further documentation provided by the Broadband Advisory Committee to the Board of Supervisors since July 29, 2020:

Background on Internet Technology

Background on Open Access Networks

What is a Broadband Authority?

Feasibility Estimate Summary

Feasibility Study Proposal

Measurement of Propagation Loss in Trees at SHF Frequencies

The Case for Fiber to the Home Today by the Electronic Frontier Foundation