Roanoke County is actively working to improve broadband connectivity throughout the community, as part of the “Connect Roanoke County to the World” Strategic Initiative outlined in the County’s 2016 Community Strategic Plan.
Roanoke County’s public and private investments in rural broadband includes:
These investments will help provide high-speed Internet access to approximately 404 residents and 26 businesses across the County with possibilities for future expansion.
See the tabs below for more information on each step of Roanoke County's Broadband Initiative, and view the Broadband Initiative Map at the bottom of the page.
Broadband Availability Study
In 2019, Roanoke County began its Broadband Availability Study to help “Connect Roanoke County to the World,” to improve communications and data technology in both the business sector and residential settings.
Roanoke County launched its High-Speed Internet Survey with the goal of identifying areas that are currently served, under-served, or not served by high-speed Internet as defined by the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) minimum broadband standards of 25Mbps download speed and 3Mbps upload speed as defined in 2015.
The survey results showed that more than 32% of Roanoke County households in the targeted areas were considered unserved or under-served by the FCC's minimum standards.
Partnerships with both Cox Communications and B2X Online
- Bring high-speed Internet services to several areas within the Catawba, Windsor Hills, Cave Spring, and Vinton magisterial districts as identified in the 2019 High-Speed Internet Survey.
- These projects have brought high-speed Internet access to 112 residents and some businesses.
Partnership with Cox Communications
Bring high-speed internet services to citizens in the Bent Mountain, Bradshaw Road, Starlight Lane, and Cove Hollow areas of the County.
- By November of 2022, this project will make services available to approximately 317 addresses and 26 businesses. Many addresses will receive service much sooner.
- For more specific information on addresses included and project schedules, contact Communications and Information Technology Director Bill Hunter.
Partnership with Comcast
Bring high-speed Internet services to citizens along Timberview, Still Branch, and Paint Bank roads.
American Rescue Plan Act
Explore funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support its Broadband Initiative.
FY2022 VATI Grant Application
Roanoke County's Communications and Information Technology Department is planning to apply for the next round of Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant funding in the fall of 2021 to support the expansion of broadband services throughout the County with a goal of universal coverage.
Internet Service Providers
The County of Roanoke is continually seeking partnerships with all interested providers to continue addressing broadband availability for our citizens.
Broadband Initiative Map
Please submit comments about your broadband experience to Roanoke County through the link to our online form. >> Broadband Comment Form
You may also call Roanoke County's Department of Communications and Information Technology at (540) 777-8552.