CIT Assists Powhatan County with Broadband Assessment and Expansion Plan

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Powhatan County partners with SCS Broadband to expand broadband services

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The proven methodology in our broadband toolkit and the willingness of the Powhatan county team to follow it embodies our strategic mission to boost the quality of life and economic development potential of the underserved areas of the Commonwealth

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a major step in its collaborative work with Powhatan County in which a countywide broadband assessment was conducted in order to identify Powhatan’s broadband goals. CIT worked with the county administration and their advisory committee to complete the broadband assessment which included a comprehensive citizen survey, identification of assets, a review of the county’s broadband demand and the creation of a request for proposals (RFP).

Powhatan followed Virginia's Broadband Toolkit and worked with CIT's broadband team to identify their needs, options and assets leading them to identify SCS Broadband as a private partner to work with to expand broadband access to their unserved areas.

“CIT staff and the Broadband Toolkit provided invaluable support and saved Powhatan County the cost of a consultant by conducting the citizen survey, identifying our assets and guiding us through the RFP process. Sandie Terry and her staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful,” said Patricia Weiler, Powhatan County Administrator.

Clay Stewart with SCS Broadband said, "We look forward to partnering with Powhatan County in combining resources to make a successful and sustainable broadband expansion to underserved citizens and businesses across Powhatan County." SCS has over 10 years of experience in delivering broadband service in Virginia using advanced wireless and fiber technology.

Virginia’s Broadband Toolkit is designed to ultimately identify potential partnerships and funding opportunities to bring high speed broadband to the citizens across the Commonwealth of Virginia. To learn more about the toolkit or to help bring broadband to your region, visit http://www.wired.virginia.gov.

“The proven methodology in our broadband toolkit and the willingness of the Powhatan county team to follow it embodies our strategic mission to boost the quality of life and economic development potential of the underserved areas of the Commonwealth,” said Sandie Terry, CIT’s Vice President of Broadband. “We applaud the Powhatan officials for taking the initiative and we hope this can serve as a roadmap not only for rural areas, but also for other areas of Virginia that want to prepare for the future by ensuring they have the broadband access and capacity needed to support the community.”

About the Center for Innovative Technology, http://www.cit.org
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT’s CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit http://www.cit.org. Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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