On February 16 at 6:30 pm, join Repower REC and Christopher Ali, professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, for a discussion of rural broadband internet, and the potential for cooperatives to provide high speed broadband with fiber-optic cable to the home in unserved and underserved areas. Professor Ali will discuss the differences between fiber optic cable to the home and alternatives such as as fixed-wireless internet and Starlink satellite internet. Professor Ali is a nationally recognized expert on rural broadband. His book, Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity, will be published by MIT Press this fall.
Repower REC will also provide a brief update on the Grano vs. Rappahannock Electric Co-op federal lawsuit filed last October, which REC says led it to abandon its efforts to provide broadband in its service territory. The suit challenges a 2020 Virginia law (SB794), which allows electric utilities to use existing easements to provide fiber optic cable for high-speed internet services.
Repower REC is a grassroots campaign of concerned Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners and friends seeking genuine democratic governance at our electric cooperative. Repower REC is not affiliated with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.