The Commonwealth Broadband Team has created tools and resources designed to empower Virginia communities to reach functionally universal broadband coverage (approximately 95% of the local population with access to broadband).
Bringing Broadband to Your Community: A Complete Guide for Virginia's Local Leaders
- A comprehensive, step-by-step guide for local leaders committed to bringing broadband to their communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Answers to questions commonly encountered by the Commonwealth Connect Broadband Team.
Below are sample broadband solicitation models that local leaders can adapt, with the goal of partnering with one or more internet service providers to create a plan for achieving functionally universal broadband coverage within 10 years.
- The Non-RFP Solicitation is designed for a non-procurement approach, such as a RFI.
PPEA RFP Solicitation
- The PPEA RFP is a solicitation based on the Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA) procurement framework. PPEA procurement is advantageous for broadband projects, as it can enable technology infrastructure buildout through public-private partnerships for the benefit of Virginia residents, businesses, and non-profits.
Below are RFP and RFI examples previously released by localities.
- RFP for City of Suffolk
- RFP for Patrick County
- RFI Orange County Broadband Authority
- RFI for Bedford County
- RFP for Amelia-Dinwiddie County
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in partnership with Virginia Tech's Center for Geospatial Information (CGIT) offers a number of tools and resources designed to further assist Virginia localities in their broadband planning efforts.
Virginia Broadband Availability Map
- The Virginia Broadband Availability Map allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are offering services in the area. The data behind the map comes directly from the providers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Vertical Assets Inventory
- The Vertical Assets Inventory serves as a repository of location information for tall structures that have the potential to serve as wireless transmission sites throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.