By Charlie Russell
Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority conducted a ribbon cutting Wednesday t0 announce the arrival of fiber to home service on the Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority is a public authority, formed by the Counties of Northampton and Accomack, to provide broadband services on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The ESVBA is a public not for profit company created under the Virginia Wireless Service Authorities Act, and by a resolution of the Counties of Northampton and Accomack.
ESVBA Board member Elaine Meil and Executive Director Robert Bridgham said that the authority’s original mission was to serve government, education, wholesale, commercial and healthcare industries including NASA. But now Eastern Shore Broadband is extending service to some residential areas as well. These residential Service Areas are now open.
In Accomack County:
-The Village of Harborton including Taylor Creek Road
-Bobtown Road from the Village of Pungoteague to the intersection of Hollies Church Road, Beacon Road from Hollies Church to the Accomack Animal Control Facility.
In Northampton County, Church Neck Road starting at Machipongo.
From now until June 2018, ESVBA has approved opening seven additional service areas.
In Accomack, Sanford including most of Saxis Road from Lankford Highway to the village of Sanford. Accomac including parts of Daughtery, Tasley, Greenbush and Mary N. Smith Road and , Greenbackville. Also, Atlantic north to Fleming Road.
In Northampton, Cheapside including Capeville Road and parts of Sand Hill Road
Cobbs Station Road, Townsend – Latimer Siding.
Additionally, fifteen additional service areas have been identified and are slated to be opened once funding is approved. Wattsville-Horntown , Cape Charles, Parksley, Nock’s Landing, Hallwood-Nelsonia, Oak Hall, New Church, Quinby, Eastville, Nassawadox, Oyster, Belle Haven, Cheriton, Wachapreague, Onancock, Cape Charles, Parksley and Nock’s Landing.
Senator Lynwood Lewis had the following remarks concerning broadband service to the Eastern Shore.
Delegate Rob Bloxom also had the following remarks.