~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Aug. 24 — The Page County Public Forum will host an online discussion about “Broadband/High-Speed Internet in Page County” via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25.
A group of expert panelists directly involved in the process will give insights on the topic locally in terms of what has been done to this point, what’s being done now, and what’s planned for the future.
“This is certainly something that affects all of us and has been long talked about and eagerly awaited. We invite everyone to bring their questions and get the facts,” Forum co-chair Nancy Boyer stated in an email. “This should be of great interest to all of us.”
Panelists will include representatives of:
• Page County Board of Supervisors — what the Board has already achieved, its partners and resources, and plans for the future.
• Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative — Morgan Messer, Director of External Affairs & Communication on SVEC’s plans and how they relate to connecting households to the network.
• Commonwealth Connect — the expert internet team in Gov. Ralph Northam’s Office that provides free, technical consulting and funding for rural broadband. Deputy Broadband Advisor Kyle Rosner will explain the funding the group has already provided to Page County and how Commonwealth Connect can help guide future developments here.
• High Speed Link — the major contractor the Page County Board of Supervisors hired to upgrade the county’s internet network. CEO Alex Phillips will explain what HSL is building, when it expects to finish, how many Page households the network will cover, and the speeds it will provide.
Samuel “Skip” Halpern will moderate the panel.
To participate in the Zoom meeting, go to:
A recording of the livestream will be posted on the Page County Public Forum Facebook page after the event for those who can not participate or view it live.
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