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Estimated Broadband Service Areas in Virginia Virginia Beach Danville Bristol Galax Franklin City Martinsville Emporia Grayson Norfolk Henry Portsmouth Chesapeake Patrick Scott Mecklenburg Lee Greensville Suffolk Washington Carroll Norton Southampton Smyth Brunswick Hampton Halifax Wythe Accomack Sussex Lunenburg Floyd Montgomery Pittsylvania Isle of Wight Russell Radford Poquoson Wise James City Newport News Franklin Surry Petersburg Pulaski Charlotte Dinwiddie Nottoway Colonial Heights Bland Dickenson Williamsburg Prince George Hopewell Salem Roanoke City Tazewell Bedford City York Prince Edward Roanoke Campbell Lynchburg Giles Charles City Amelia Mathews Buchanan Appomattox Chesterfield Richmond City Gloucester Bedford New Kent Craig Powhatan Henrico Cumberland Buena Vista Middlesex Lexington Buckingham Botetourt Covington Amherst Northampton Lancaster Clifton Forge Goochland King William Alleghany King and Queen Fluvanna Hanover Northumberland Nelson Charlottesville Rockbridge Waynesboro Richmond Louisa Essex Staunton Caroline Bath Westmoreland Albemarle Fredericksburg Spotsylvania Orange King George Greene Augusta Harrisonburg Stafford Highland Madison Culpeper Prince William Manassas Page Alexandria Fairfax Rockingham Rappahannock Fairfax City Falls Church Arlington Fauquier Warren Shenandoah Winchester Clarke Loudoun Frederick Manassas Park Served Census Block 45.73% Underserved Census Block 43.13% Unserved Census Block 11.14%

OVERVIEW
This map is provided as a service to Virginia applicants for NTIA funding under the BTOP Program, which requires classification of proposed service areas as either “unserved” or “underserved”.  The definitions used in creating this map came directly from the NTIA Notice of Funding Availability for a variety of broadband-related projects, and are shown below for reference.

The map shown depicts an estimate and representation of broadband service availability by census blocks and was produced as a result of collaboration between Virginia Tech’s eCorridors team, the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, and the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA.)  It is intended as a quick and user-friendly resource for broadband project applicants to use in developing grant applications. This map is not intended to be conclusive or exhaustive and will evolve as more data becomes available.  The data required by the  NTIA program is typically owned by the telecommunications providers, and has not yet been made available for this program; therefore, statistical analyses, modeling, and prediction techniques were used in combination with a number of sources of available data to obtain an approximate estimate for applicants to begin working with immediately.  This initial draft estimation of broadband services areas in Virginia is the result of over 200 cumulative hours by Virginia Tech GIS analysts, statisticians, research faculty and cartographers; however, there is much work yet to be done in order to fully display a complete and comprehensive set of the relevant information regarding broadband in Virginia beyond NTIA’s requirements.  The collaborative team continues to work on achieving greater accuracy and more data to refine the results on an ongoing basis.  Please check back often for updates and new features.

eCorridors has over 10 years of experience researching issues related to broadband deployment, policy, and availability, and stands ready to assist Virginia communities and applicants in obtaining data to meet their needs in order to develop proposals that have a competitive advantage in qualifying for funds under NTIA/ RUS.  If you have specific data needs, ideas, or suggestions, please let us know by emailing ecorridors@vt.edu

DEFINITIONS
Available. Broadband service is “available” to an end user at an address if a broadband
service provider does, or could, within a typical service interval (7 to 10 business days) without an extraordinary commitment of resources, provision two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to the end user at the address.

Broadband. Data transmission technology that provides two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to end users, or providing sufficient capacity in a middle mile project to support the provision of broadband service to end users within the project area.

Broadband Service. The provision of broadband on either a commercial or noncommercial basis.

Underserved Area. An area composed of one or more contiguous census blocks meeting certain criteria that measure the availability of broadband service and the level of advertised broadband speeds.12 Specifically, an area is underserved if at least one of the following factors is met, though the presumption will be that more than one factor is present: i) no more than 50 percent of households in the service area have access to facilities-based terrestrial broadband service at greater than the minimum broadband transmission speed (set forth in the definition of broadband above); ii) no fixed or mobile broadband service provider advertises broadband transmission speeds of at least three megabits per second (“mbps”) downstream in the area; or iii) the rate of broadband subscriber ship for the area is 40 percent of households or less.13 A household has access to broadband service if the household can readily subscribe to that service upon request.

Unserved Area. An area composed of one or more contiguous census blocks where at least 90 percent of households in the service area lack access to facilities-based terrestrial broadband service, either fixed or mobile, at the minimum broadband transmission speed (set forth in the definition of broadband above). A household has access to broadband service if the household can readily subscribe to that service upon request.
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Accomack 6.35% 84.39% 9.25%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Albemarle 7.95% 71.71% 20.35%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Alexandria 0.10% 3.52% 96.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Alleghany 26.82% 55.34% 17.84%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Amelia 29.32% 70.46% 0.22%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Amherst 38.68% 46.14% 15.18%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Appomattox 58.14% 41.24% 0.62%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Arlington 0.53% 2.08% 97.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Augusta 21.15% 65.83% 13.02%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Bath 77.57% 22.43% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Bedford 12.19% 80.67% 7.14%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Bedford City 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Bland 29.86% 70.14% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Botetourt 13.48% 73.94% 12.59%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Bristol 0.69% 7.64% 91.67%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Brunswick 25.19% 67.21% 7.60%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Buchanan 30.73% 68.89% 0.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Buckingham 60.86% 38.74% 0.40%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Buena Vista 0.00% 3.91% 96.09%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Campbell 12.30% 62.22% 25.48%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Caroline 9.85% 89.83% 0.31%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Carroll 17.92% 80.78% 1.30%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Charles City 12.01% 87.66% 0.32%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Charlotte 64.61% 35.26% 0.13%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Charlottesville 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Chesapeake 1.10% 10.67% 88.24%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Chesterfield 0.35% 15.29% 84.36%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Clarke 15.87% 74.53% 9.60%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Clifton Forge 0.00% 0.56% 99.44%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Colonial Heights 0.00% 2.18% 97.82%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Covington 0.00% 0.81% 99.19%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Craig 62.28% 37.47% 0.25%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Culpeper 12.11% 62.04% 25.85%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Cumberland 20.81% 75.14% 4.05%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Danville 0.00% 15.49% 84.51%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Dickenson 61.62% 38.21% 0.17%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Dinwiddie 9.76% 80.57% 9.67%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Emporia 0.00% 20.35% 79.65%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Essex 10.79% 74.01% 15.20%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Fairfax 0.07% 5.15% 94.79%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Fairfax City 0.00% 0.76% 99.24%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Falls Church 0.00% 0.66% 99.34%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Fauquier 13.24% 71.96% 14.80%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Floyd 9.30% 90.57% 0.13%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Fluvanna 20.86% 55.87% 23.28%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Franklin 20.31% 73.81% 5.89%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Franklin City 0.00% 4.25% 95.75%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Frederick 14.51% 61.46% 24.04%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Fredericksburg 0.00% 1.35% 98.65%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Galax 0.00% 12.17% 87.83%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Giles 17.78% 66.83% 15.39%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Gloucester 4.28% 74.34% 21.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Goochland 7.80% 89.83% 2.37%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Grayson 33.57% 65.63% 0.80%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Greene 19.61% 79.42% 0.96%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Greensville 32.55% 61.75% 5.69%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Halifax 20.05% 52.56% 27.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Hampton 0.98% 3.28% 95.74%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Hanover 0.76% 56.05% 43.18%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Harrisonburg 0.00% 4.96% 95.04%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Henrico 0.51% 11.51% 87.98%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Henry 10.53% 63.16% 26.32%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Highland 54.03% 45.97% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Hopewell 0.26% 1.31% 98.43%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Isle of Wight 6.77% 76.25% 16.98%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
James City 2.68% 46.54% 50.78%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
King and Queen 33.42% 66.58% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
King George 1.74% 95.64% 2.62%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
King William 12.76% 63.41% 23.83%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Lancaster 15.43% 84.23% 0.34%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Lee 30.98% 68.31% 0.72%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Lexington 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Loudoun 5.74% 39.26% 55.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Louisa 10.56% 88.96% 0.49%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Lunenburg 41.07% 58.82% 0.11%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Lynchburg 0.00% 6.85% 93.15%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Madison 48.40% 50.86% 0.74%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Manassas 0.00% 3.66% 96.34%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Manassas Park 0.00% 1.32% 98.68%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Martinsville 0.00% 0.34% 99.66%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Mathews 26.17% 73.58% 0.25%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Mecklenburg 23.85% 63.12% 13.02%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Middlesex 4.90% 94.51% 0.59%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Montgomery 4.24% 53.87% 41.89%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Nelson 28.88% 70.93% 0.19%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
New Kent 5.08% 94.75% 0.16%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Newport News 0.11% 4.29% 95.60%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Norfolk 0.10% 2.23% 97.67%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Northampton 7.60% 91.38% 1.01%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Northumberland 10.82% 89.18% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Norton 0.00% 29.61% 70.39%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Nottoway 5.34% 66.15% 28.50%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Orange 10.67% 66.85% 22.47%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Page 27.46% 54.91% 17.63%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Patrick 32.51% 67.25% 0.25%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Petersburg 0.00% 5.85% 94.15%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Pittsylvania 25.83% 70.73% 3.44%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Poquoson 13.27% 17.70% 69.03%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Portsmouth 0.00% 3.41% 96.59%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Powhatan 10.94% 88.04% 1.02%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Prince Edward 18.25% 60.10% 21.65%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Prince George 7.65% 70.20% 22.15%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Prince William 1.89% 24.41% 73.71%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Pulaski 8.74% 54.19% 37.07%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Radford 0.00% 5.43% 94.57%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Rappahannock 46.57% 53.43% 0.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Richmond 9.93% 79.79% 10.28%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Richmond City 0.00% 0.80% 99.20%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Roanoke 3.67% 31.47% 64.86%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Roanoke City 0.00% 0.30% 99.70%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Rockbridge 18.33% 79.89% 1.78%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Rockingham 19.65% 55.26% 25.09%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Russell 21.40% 68.97% 9.63%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Salem 0.00% 0.59% 99.41%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Scott 24.79% 64.23% 10.98%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Shenandoah 8.22% 78.56% 13.22%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Smyth 0.96% 73.47% 25.58%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Southampton 31.71% 66.97% 1.32%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Spotsylvania 4.36% 57.46% 38.18%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Stafford 3.27% 31.83% 64.90%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Staunton 0.00% 5.86% 94.14%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Suffolk 4.35% 47.41% 48.24%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Surry 41.39% 58.40% 0.20%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Sussex 19.70% 79.92% 0.38%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Tazewell 16.74% 49.38% 33.88%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Virginia Beach 1.57% 5.19% 93.25%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Warren 7.19% 59.17% 33.65%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Washington 7.25% 68.36% 24.39%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Waynesboro 0.00% 4.44% 95.56%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Westmoreland 9.03% 65.35% 25.62%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Williamsburg 0.00% 2.03% 97.97%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Winchester 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Wise 10.56% 49.22% 40.22%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
Wythe 0.00% 75.43% 24.57%
Name
Unserved
Underserved
Served
York 2.24% 23.22% 74.54%
-   July, 2009