VATI Grant Application with Hosted Backbone

2020 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative Grant Application

The Orange County Broadband Authority herewith gives notice of its intent to partner with Hosted Backbone, LLC, located in Maidens, Virginia, to apply for a grant to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for grant funding from the 2020 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI).

The purpose of the grant funding is to provide broadband service in the unserved areas of Orange County. The proposed broadband project will consist of the construction of a fiber to the premise (FTTP) network within the following areas of Orange County, Virginia:

Beech Drive

Keifers Ridge Road

Burr Hill Road – SR692

Laural Canyon Boulevard

Catharpin Road – SR606

Mine Run Road – SR621

Cecela Lane

Morel Way

College Drive

Old Plank Road – SR621

Dulin Drive – SR608

Old Office – SR 602 (From Burr Hill RD to Zoar RD)

Enchanted Way

Orchard Street

Fieldstone Lane

Paynes Farm Road

Germanna Highway – SR3 (From Somerset Ridge RD to Spotswood Drive)

Spotswood Drive – SR760

Gold Dale Road – SR611

Walker Hollow Way

Gordon Farm Road

Walnut Ridge Way

Grasty Gold-Mine Road – SR692

Wilderness Farms Road

Indiantown Road – SR603

Williams Flank Road

Jackson Court

Zoar Road – SR611

The number of serviceable units in the project area is 918. Based on survey data and talking to residents in the service area, we anticipate a fifty percent (50%) take rate. The take rate is an estimated percentage of how many locations are likely to subscribe to broadband service if it were available — based on household income, education level and the age of residents.

Broadband service will be provided through Hosted Backbone, LLC. The project will meet and exceed the service level requirements established for the VATI program. The 2020 VATI grant application will be submitted to DHCD by the program's September 3, 2019 deadline.

The public is invited to submit written or oral comments and/or grievances on the proposed 2020 VATI Grant Application no later than August 30, 2019 to the Orange County Broadband Authority. The preferred methods of comment would be by emailing Lewis Foster or by letter sent to Orange County Broadband Authority, Post Office Box 111, Orange, Virginia 22960. Comments will also be received by telephone at (540) 661-5332.

Click here to view the service area map.

Citizens who wish to submit a letter of support may use the template provided. Letters must be submitted no later than Friday, August 30, 2019. Please send completed letters to Lewis Foster, Broadband Program Manager, at or by mail to P.O. Box 111, Orange, Virginia 22960.