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Louisa County Broadband Authority
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 Tuesday 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.

2016 Minutes
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2015 Minutes
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2014 Minutes
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The Authority has released an Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for a firm to oversee Construction of a Wireless Network Infrastructure and Ongoing Network Operations. The proposals are due by Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

The Authority presented their request for funding Phase I of the Broadband plan at the Supervisor's Dec 7th meeting. A public hearing was scheduled and held Jan 19th, 2016 for a budget amendment allowing the requested funding of $1.1 million to implement a first phase consisting of ten towers, connected with high-speed microwave radios and and intended for location by wireless internet service providers (WISP) for both serving local customers and hopping off to neighborhood poles.
    Click Board Presentation for the Powerpoint presentation on 12/7/15
    and here is the first draft of the proposed towers map.
Next Meeting
Scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 7pm
Public Meeting Room - Administration Building
Public is invited and welcome!

Recent News
  • The Draft Final Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors at the June 1st 2015 meeting.
    Click Board Presentation for the Powerpoint presentation
    and here is the Preliminary Draft Cost Estimate
  • The Authority has selected Design Nine out of Blacksburg as their consultant to assist in furthering the Authority's plan for county-wide broadband coverage in Louisa County. Representatives from Design Nine will attend the Board of Supervisor's meeting on the 2nd of February and will stay for the Authority meeting on the 3rd - both in the County Public Meeting Room.
  • Six Month Progress Report June 2014-Jan 2015
  • SCC meeting Sept 30th - County Attorney Mike Lockaby and IT Director Bob Hardy met with SCC representatives in Richmond to discuss the FCC experimental grant funding. They were encouraging and suggested we meet with the FCC to discuss Louisa County.
  • FCC meeting Oct 10th - Mike and Bob met with Mr. Chambers at the FCC in Washington to discuss the potentiallity of Louisa participating in their experimental grant opportunity. Take-away from the meeting was that our Authority and County are probably not far enough along in our plan development to participate this year, but were encouraged to prepare for next year's grant cycle. We should also plan on teaming up with local utility cooperatives to be looked on favorably by the FCC selection process.
  • Our proposed changes to the Telecomm Ordinance and Master Plan are proceeding, currently in Community Development Department and our Telecomm consultant's reviews. Anticipated that these changes will make it to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisor Public Hearings February 2015.
  • Discussed providing Letters of Support to a local vendor's requests to the Board of Supervisors for Special Exemption on putting wooden poles in select communities, the use of County properties for community poles for broadband, and the use of public safety reserved spaces on commercial towers for broadband use. The third request was to provide a Letter of Support to Albemarle County for a local vendor to utilize their 2.5 Mhz frequency for a 4G/LTE pilot project in Louisa County.

Pertinent Documents:

Chairman Garth Wermter
Green Springs District
gwermter@gmail.com

Vice Chairman Bernie Hill
Jackson District
bumpassbrawn@gmail.com

  Steve Duren
Mineral District
stduren@gmail.com

  Mary Johnson
Louisa District
Mary.Johnson@@tjswcd.org

  Mark Luttner
Cuckoo District
markandpam88@gmail.com

  Brian Sullivan
Mountain Road District
sullivbt@gmail.com

  Melvin Burruss
Patrick Henry District
maburruss@aol.com

BOS Liaison Fitzgerald Barnes
Patrick Henry Supervisor
LCBS_PHD@louisa.org

BOS Liaison Stephanie L. Koren
Mineral Supervisor
LCBS_MD@louisa.org

Staff Legal Christy Monolo
Assistant County Attorney
cmonolo@louisa.org

Staff Liaison Christian Goodwin
County Administrator
cgoodwin@louisa.org

Staff Liaison Bob Hardy
Technology Director
bhardy@louisa.org


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