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Virginia Telecommunications Planning Initiative
Public Comment Period: The City of Chesapeake and Cox Communications will be submitting a joint application to The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI). The primary objective of the VATI is to provide financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers, in partnership with local units of government to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider. Written comments will be received on or before Oct. 31. Read the full notice.
RFP Online: The City of Chesapeake Department of Information Technology is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a utility network infrastructure to provide broadband service needs and improved wireless access for City operating units, including Chesapeake Public Schools, and the library. Read the RFP.
On May 14, 2015, the City of Chesapeake held a Community Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Chesapeake City Council Chambers, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia, on the Virginia Telecommunications Planning Initiative. During the Community Meeting, the City Manager and City staff discussed the City's telecommunications interest, needs, and demands, particularly with regard to broadband, and will seek input from the community regarding the same.
City staff also discussed its interest in applying for a Virginia Telecommunications Planning Initiative grant to assist with the funding to support the City's telecommunications initiatives.
You can watch the meeting online. The welcome from Mayor Alan Krasnoff was delivered without a microphone, and therefore the audio is very low on the recording. The welcome from CIO Peter Wallace begins at approximately 10 minutes into the meeting.
More information about this project will be posted here when it's available.