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.
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.
Firefly Fiber Broadband Receives $79 Million Grant to Provide Universal Broadband Service
Governor Ralph Northam on Monday, December 13th, 2021 announced the award of a $79 million grant to Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, and its partner Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC).
The funding from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant will support the $288 million project which endeavors to offer universal access to gigabit speed broadband service to 36,000 unserved homes and businesses in 13 counties in Central Virginia. Elected officials from each county in the project voted to contribute funds, totaling $33.5 million. The fiber construction will take approximately three years to complete and will include 4,000 miles of fiber. Dominion Energy Virginia will support the extension of broadband to unserved areas by deploying middle- mile fiber that Firefly will use to connect end-customers to the internet.
The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the Governor at Goochland County's Fire-Rescue Station 6 - Hadensville to a group of county officials, local and elected officials, directors, supervisors, first responders, business partners, and Firefly employees. “Broadband access impacts every facet of our daily lives, from education to business to health care,” said Governor Northam. “It’s a necessity for navigating today’s digital world, and this new funding will close Virginia’s digital divide with universal broadband by 2024.”
Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger participated in the presentation and spoke about the profound impact Firefly’s plans for universal broadband will have on the 13 counties included in the proposal: Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Powhatan.
Wood, Firefly president and CEO states, “Today is a landmark day for broadband in rural central Virginia. Thanks to the critical funding provided by the federal government and made available through the VATI program, we can now assure that every family and business in central Virginia will have access to reliable, affordable internet service equivalent to the best in the United States. We appreciate the hard work and support of Governor Northam, Senator Warner, Senator Kaine and Representative Spanberger as well as the support of the supervisors in each of the partner counties.”
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.Opens in New Window
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.Opens in New Window
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.
Goochland County Celebrates Accelerated Plans for Universal Broadband
Goochland County Announces Broadband Partnership with CVEC and Firefly Fiber Broadband (June 2020)
Ultimately 300 plus commercial businesses, home businesses, and farmers & producers will be served by fiber optic lines once CVEC and Firefly complete their existing plans for broadband expansion in Goochland.