Broadband Authority

The tower construction contract was awarded by the Board of Supervisors in December 2017. First up are three fast-track tower sites where Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) have already been obtained. These are the Louisa County High School, Moss-Nuckols Elementary and Jouett Elementary sites. The contract with Mountain Valley Towers also includes three additional tower sites to be determined in the lower central, the lower east end and the upper east end of the County. Also, the Authority will be connecting to two planned public safety towers being constructed in the western portion of the County. Please read the 2016/12/06 LCBBA Network document linked in the Documents column. This plan lays out the original design, however, it is subject to modification as we determine optimum locations. The towers and supporting backhaul radio connections were selected to provide impetus to Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) to continue their expansion of internet service in Louisa, especially to areas where the economics may not be sufficient for them to locate without the Authority's efforts. Discussions have been held with several WISPs who have expressed strong interest in locating on these new towers. They will lease space on these towers and purchase transport of their internet service from the Authority. They will install their equipment to serve residences and businesses; neither the Authority nor the County will be providing internet service directly to customers.

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors voted on February 18, 2014 to create a Broadband Authority. The Authority received State Corporation Commission (SCC) approval on Friday, May 30th, 2014 and held it's first meeting in the Louisa County Administration Building on June 11, 2014 and plans to have additional planning sessions later in the month when needed. The Authority will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room in the Louisa County Administration Building at 1 Woolfolk Ave, Louisa, VA 23093. The public is invited to speak during Public Comment Period during each meeting. The Broadband Authority is responsible for planning, developing and promoting broadband service throughout Louisa County.

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Next Meeting(s)

Scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7pm (regular meeting)
Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 7 pm (worksession)
Public Meeting Room - Administration Building
Public is invited and welcome!

Authority Members

Mary Johnson
Louisa District Chairman
Garth Wermter
Green Springs District Vice Chairman
Melvin Burruss
Patrick Henry District  
Bernie Hill
Jackson District  
Mark Luttner
Cuckoo District  
Jim Ogg
Mineral District  
Timothy Layne
Mountain Road District    
Duane A. Adams
Mineral Supervisor BOS Liaison
Tommy J. Barlow
Mountain Road Supervisor BOS Liaison
County Attorney

Staff Legal
Christian Goodwin
County Administrator Staff Liaison
Bob Hardy
Director of Information Technology Staff Liaison