Goochland County Broadband Internet

Goochland County believes broadband internet access is essential for our community to support business, education endeavors, public safety, and everyday life. Therefore, we support the implementation of diverse Broadband/Internet strategies to provide all interested Goochland citizens access and options for service provision consistent with goals set by the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor.

This page and the pages associated with it serve as a broadband internet resource for Goochland County citizens. Information contained on these pages include updates on broadband expansion progress in the county, links to broadband maps and resources, a list of providers currently offering service or planning to offer service in the county, information on ways to report issues to broadband and cellular providers, an interactive form to report broadband and cellular needs/issues, and a list of frequently asked questions about broadband.

Goochland County understands that significant portions of the county are currently unserved or underserved by both broadband and cellular providers and in addition encounter problems they are unable to resolve through normal processes. Citizens can use this form to share their broadband and cellular needs and issues with Goochland County staff.

Broadband & Cellular Needs and Issues Form

Please check this page often for new information, updates, and features that will be added in the future.

On September 9th, 2019 Goochland County announced a new exciting broadband initiative focusing on 10 Steps to Broadband Internet Initiatives (PDF)

Watch a recording of the announcement on the Meetings and Announcements page.

TestIT: How Fast Is Your Broadband

Accurate connectivity data is the foundation for investments in broadband infrastructure. Unfortunately, connectivity data provided to the Federal Communications Commission is often inaccurate and inflated - leaving many rural communities overlooked and disconnected.

Goochland County urges our citizens to take advantage of the TestIT mobile app developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and Farm Credit. The mobile app was designed to identify areas with low or no connectivity to help ensure adequate funding for broadband infrastructure is provided across the country.

TestIT is an iOS/Android mobile app that leverages a broadband sampling tool designed by Measurement Lab (MLab) to aggregate broadband speeds across the country from app users. With the press of a single button, users will be able to test their broadband speed from anywhere. Additionally, users will be able to compare their internet speeds to the national average and minimum standards established by the Federal Communications System. No personal information will be collected through this mobile app. Learn more (PDF) about this mobile app.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: A promising roadmap forward

Goochland County residents and officials know the hurdles to achieve reliable, broadband internet. With a renewed financial commitment and set of strategies, local leaders are one step closer to supporting a connected future. Read the full editorial for more information.

Goochland’s 10 Steps to Broadband Internet Initiatives - January 7, 2020 Update

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 the Board of Supervisors received a presentation and update from county staff on Goochland’s 10 Steps to Broadband Internet Initiatives. This update included updates on short-term and long-term county efforts, independent efforts by broadband providers, and related broadband efforts by the federal and state government. The presentation is also available for viewing as part of the January 7th, 2020 recorded meeting.

As part of the presentation it was announced that Phase 1 of the External Hot Spots at county facilities will go live on Monday, February 3rd at the following locations:

  • All six Goochland County Fire Stations
  • The Goochland County Administration Building

Citizens will also have expanded access to "Public Wi-Fi" inside the Goochland County Administration Building beginning on February 3rd. Additional information about accessing the External Hot Spots and Public Wi-Fi will be released in the coming weeks.