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We have compiled information of potential grant and knowledge resources and partnership opportunities for all 50 states -- including links to relevant web sites. Please use the list to the left to find your state and see what we have. In some cases you will find statutes and regulations applicable to community fiber deployment.

Virginia

Documents  |  Grant Sources  |  Legislative and Regulatory  |  Partnerships and Organizations

Documents

Broadband Map: In July 2011, the Commonwealth released its second edition of the broadband availability map. This allows users to search by zip code and see a list of providers in the area. Map can be found here: http://mapping.vita.virginia.gov/broadband/

E-Commerce Maps: Created by the State of Virginia, these six maps allow users to visualize how broadband technologies are used across the Commonwealth and what impact broadband availability has on the use of these particular technologies. http://www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband_ecommerce.shtml.

Healthcare Broadband Assessment Maps: These maps, also created by the state, examine how hospitals and other institutions around the Commonwealth use healthcare technologies. The map allows the user to see the relationship between the availability of broadband and the health information technologies: http://mapping.vita.virginia.gov/healthbroadband/.

Thomas Jefferson Institute of Public Policy Report on Broadband: In 2011, the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy released a study called, "Connecting Virginia: The economic benefits to expanding advanced internet access: http://www.thomasjeffersoninst.org/files/3/Connecting%20Virginia%20Policy.pdf

Grant Sources

Department of Housing and Community Development: Offers grants to support the housing and implementation of telecommunications projects. http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/CommunityDevelopmentRevitalization/Telecommunications.htm

Virginia Community Development Block Grant Program’s Telecommunications Planning Grants: Offers up to $25,000 for system development and implementation. http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/CommunityDevelopmentRevitalization/Telecommunications.htm

The Department of Public Rail and Transportation’s Telework!VA: Offers employers in the Commonwealth up to $50,000 in tax credits to assist in the creation or expansion of a telework program. http://www.teleworkva.org/

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund: This Reserve Fund was utilized to provide financial resources to organizations working to improve the broadband infrastructure in Southside Virginia. One of these organizations is the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC). MBC’s annual report highlights the addition of 420 new miles of open-access fiber in 15 counties. http://www.tic.virginia.gov/

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: VDHCD offers block grants to communities for both planning and implementation of telecommunications efforts, allowing communities to identify and develop all elements necessary to create a successful community broadband network. Funds are distributed to eligible communities on a first-come, first-serve basis, and implementation grant focus on 'last-mile' installations. http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/CommunityDevelopmentRevitalization/Telecommunications.htm

Appalachian Regional Commission: The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state-local partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. http://www.arc.gov/

Legislative and Regulatory

Virginia allows municipal electric utilities to become certificated municipal local exchange carriers and to offer all communications services that their systems are capable of supporting (except for cable services), provided that they do not subsidize services, that they impute privatesector costs into their rates, that they do not charge rates lower than the incumbents, and that comply with numerous procedural, financing, reporting and other requirements that do not apply to the private sector. (VA Code §§ 56-265.4:4, 56-484.7:1). Virginia also effectively prohibits municipalities from providing the “triple-play” of voice, video, and data services by effectively banning municipal cable service (except by Bristol, which was grandfathered). For example, in order to provide cable service, a municipality must first obtain a report from an independent feasibility consultant demonstrating that average annual revenues from cable service alone will exceed average annual costs in the first year of operation, as well as over the first five years of operation. (VA Code § 15.2-2108.6) This requirement, without more, makes it impossible for any Virginia municipality other than Bristol to provide cable service, as no public or private cable system can cover all of its costs in its first year of operation. Moreover, Virginia also requires a referendum before municipalities can provide cable service. (Id.) For more information see http://www.baller.com/comm_broadband.html.

Partnerships and Organizations

Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance (OTPBA): This public agency, located within the Office of the Secretary of Technology, serves an information clearing house and advocate for broadband growth. It is governed by the Broadband Advisory Council which was established to help determine the Commonwealth's goals for broadband and how best to achieve them. It is comprised of eleven members: four legislatures, two ex-officio members, five citizen members, the Secretary of Technology, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. http://www.wired.virginia.gov/About%20OTPBA.shtml

VITA—Virginia Information Technology Agency: The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is the Commonwealth's consolidated information technology organization. VITA's responsibilities include governance of the Commonwealth's information security programs; operation of the IT infrastructure, including all related personnel, for the executive branch agencies declared by the legislature to be "in-scope" to VITA; governance of IT investments in support of the duties and responsibilities of the Information Technology Advisory Council and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth and procurement of technology for VITA and on behalf of other state agencies and institutions of higher education. http://www.vita.virginia.gov

CIT—Center for Innovative Technology: CIT is the only resource in the Commonwealth that offers a "holistic" supply and demand approach to solving the broadband equation. The current mission of CIT's Broadband Program is to "accelerate the socio-economic growth of Virginia's rural and underserved areas through the application and use of broadband telecommunications." CIT is assisting communities across Virginia planning network deployments. http://www.cit.org/programs/cit-broadband

Virginia Tech eCorridors Program: Through Virginia Tech’s Center for Geospatial Information Technology, this program responsible for collecting and analyzing data on the quality of residential Internet connections in Virginia. In October 2010, eCorridors launched a new statewide effort – called Accelerate Virginia - to engage and educate the public and raise awareness about the current status of broadband availability throughout the Commonwealth. Accelerate Virginia is an enhanced version of the original eCorridors Community Broadband Access map, which was developed in 2006. Accelerate Virginia consists of a new web portal (www.acceleratevirginia.org), which features an enhanced Internet speed testing application designed to aggregate Internet service details such as connection speed, availability, affordability, and quality of service. http://www.ecorridors.vt.edu/

Accelerate Virginia: The goal of Accelerate Virginia is to collect a sufficient amount of data from all counties to enable analysis of the patterns of Internet use and performance across the Commonwealth. The Accelerate Virginia project is highly complementary to Virginia’s NTIA-funded broadband mapping program (SBDD). http://www.acceleratevirginia.org/

University of Virginia/Gig U Partnership: Along with 28 other universities, U.Va. will participate in the national Next-Gen Network-Based Innovation project with Gig U. Through an open request for information process, Gig.U will gather data with an intent to inform high-speed service providers of new implementation approaches, and to enable competition to bring high-speed networks to research communities. Gig U plans to demonstrate to commercial providers that there is sufficient demand for these services in college communities. http://www.gig-u.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Charlottesville-Resolution-Supporting-University-Community-Innovation-Project.pdf

Appalachian Prosperity Project: A collaborative partnership among the University of Virginia, UVa's College at Wise, the Virginia Coalfield Coalition, the private sector, and the state to advance education, health, and economic prosperity in Southwest Virginia. The APP is a university-community-industry partnership that uses a systems approach to integrate education, health, and business development. http://approject.org/

Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center (VECTEC): VECTEC is a non-profit eCommerce center partnered with the Virginia Industry Foundation. Its mission is to promote economic competitiveness and development by sponsoring, developing and implementing eCommerce activities for primarily small to medium sized businesses. http://www.vectec.org/

Virginia HIT Regional Assistance Center – (VHIT): VHIT offers affordable access to electronic health record systems, as well as a wide range of valuable consulting services, from assessing needs and selecting a vendor, to managing system implementation and implementing workflow changes that improve clinical performance and efficiency. **http://www.vhitrec.org**

Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICRC) The TICRC's Economic Development and Special Projects programs fund projects that bring technology solutions, including affordable open access, high-speed connectivity to economic development sites in the tobacco-region counties of Virginia. http://www.tic.virginia.gov/

Virginia Resources Authority: Virginia Resources Authority tailors low-cost financing solutions that take advantage of unique capabilities to issue bonds backed by the moral obligation of the Commonwealth and to make revolving fund loans at below-market interest rates. Its mission encompasses financing infrastructure in the areas of environmental quality, public health, wireless broadband telecommunications, transportation, economic development, brownfields remediation, and public safety. http://www.virginiaresources.org/ VRA programs and funding__(.pdf)

Virginia Telehealth Network: VTN devotes its resources to advancing the adoption, implementation and integration of telehealth and related technologies into models of healthcare statewide, and promotes the integration of health systems to support the delivery of care for all Virginians. In carrying out its work, the Virginia Telehealth Network is involved in many activities that are linked to priorities such as: resource-sharing, education, quality improvement via technology, development of model policies, procedures and protocols to address implementation barriers. http://www.ehealthvirginia.org/

Wireless E-911 Services Board at VITA: An organization that operates under the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, the Wireless E-911 Services Board plans, promotes and offers assistance in the statewide development, deployment, and maintenance of enhanced wireless emergency telecommunications services and technologies; and in the development and deployment of enhanced wireline emergency telecommunications services and technologies. http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=8486

Interoperability in Virginia: The State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) and Initiative Actions Teams (IAT) work on implementing the initiatives contained in the annually updated Statewide Strategic Plan for Interoperable Communications. http://www.interoperability.virginia.gov/

VGIN—Virginia Geographic Information Network: VGIN was established in 1997 in Virginia Code to "foster the creative utilization of geographic information and oversee the development of a catalog of GIS data available in the Commonwealth. http://www.vita.virginia.gov/isp/default.aspx?id=12096

Virginia Jobs Investment Program: A program that offers customized recruiting and training assistance to companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The program is designed to reduce the human resource development cost of new and expanding companies. http://www.dba.virginia.gov/vjip.shtml

Rural Virginia Community Broadband Planning: Provided by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, this group is gathering data to better understand the need for broadband in rural Virginia. For more info, see here: http://www.varuralbroadband.com/

Virginia Region 2000 Partnership: Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership is an interwoven network of organizations with a vision to provide regional leadership within the 2,000 square miles that surround Lynchburg, Virginia. It provides a single point of contact to the public and private sector for regional planning services, economic development, marketing, and workforce training. http://www.region2000.org/home.html

Northern Neck Planning District Commission: Project to bring widespread high-speed Internet access to the Northern Neck of Virginia. Operates under a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. http://nnpdc.org/PAGES/BROADBAND/nnba.htm

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership: The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) leads efforts to grow the tax base, diversify the economy and attract and retain businesses and organizations in Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1992, the Partnership joins its collaborators in defining and marketing Alexandria as a creative, diverse, knowledge-based community with a high quality of life http://www.alexecon.org/