Mobility

Franklin County, VA Attracts Economic Development With High-Speed Wireless Broadband

Date Added: Aug 2009
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With a large land area, dispersed population, and limited funds, Franklin County, VA looked for a way to cost effectively meet the broadband demands of its residents, as well as reduces county operational costs. Franklin County worked with local landowners, partnered with B2X and leveraged grant funding to expand broadband services throughout the 721 square mile area for a total county investment of $83,000 from the general fund and a $50,000 federal grant (less than 24% of the projected cost). Using existing tower sites and working with landowners to gain access to place additional towers on private property in exchange for reduced service fees, Franklin County enabled a network design that provided wireless connectivity from 18 towers and water tanks, including redundant network paths.