Below are important resources and reports related to broadband internet including copies of local reports. These resources provide good data on broadband efforts and availability. Additional resources and reports will be added in the future.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a temporary program, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311.
Who Is Eligible?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guide lines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is an interactive map that allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are providing service in the area. The data behind the map comes directly from the providers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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.