Broadband Planning Initiative
Martinsville & Henry County have received a CDBG Telecommunications Planning Grant to assess the current state of broadband capabilities within the geographical area.
The initiative has been driven by two significant factors:
1. Knowing that some gaps in service exist across the county and potentially in the city but not knowing the precise need to ensure universal coverage
2. Increased awareness of the need to ensure access to the internet for ALL citizens particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
This grant, along with a matching grant provided by the Harvest Foundation, will be used to hire a consultant who will survey the localities to find underserved areas and propose solutions for expanding internet coverage throughout.
Milestones & Documentation
July, 2021 - Community Broadband Survey is available for residents, businesses, government, and non-profit
January 28, 2021 - A request for proposal (RFP) requesting Broadband Planning Services was published.
December 2, 2020 - CDBG Public Information Meeting (presentation)