CenturyLink: High-Speed Internet in Majority of Albemarle
CenturyLink says by the end of 2012, a majority of Albemarle County will be able to plug into high-speed Internet no matter where they are.
CenturyLink will add eight additional infrastructure sites by December 2012 and they plan to target rural areas like Scottsville.
The company released new numbers that show how much of Albemarle County will be covered with broadband services:
Charlottesville: 90 percent
Charlottesville North: 98.8 percent (north of Rio Road in Albemarle County)
Crozet: 98 percent
Scottsville: 82 percent
Some of these numbers will increase with the help of a $2.1 million grant from the Connect America Fund. A portion of those dollars will go toward places like Scottsville.
Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd said, "It's been a long-term initiative of ours to try and get Internet service to as much of the county as we could and particularly in rural areas, and this is going to help a lot."
"We're making progress on this, finally, through public-private partnerships," added Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler.
While numbers in Albemarle County are looking up, only 55 percent of Schuyler will be covered by the end of the year. But CenturyLink says in 2013, both Scottsville and Schuyler will be their main focuses in central Virginia.
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