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Broadband Authority

Nelson County Wild and Wired Broadband Internet

  • The Nelson County Broadband Authority’s network is beginning to serve local residents and businesses in Nelson County.
  • 39 miles of a Middle Mile Network combine Broadband Fiber Optic and Wireless Services – along Routes 151, 6 and 29 (north to south).
  • 4 Towers located at Afton, Colleen, Lovingston and Massies Mill extend Wireless Service to more remote areas.



There is still a need for accessible high speed internet services in the county at affordable rates for businesses and residents. The Nelson County Broadband Network is seeking to address that need. The Nelson County Broadband Authority is creating a comprehensive deployment strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the network, while ensuring that residents and businesses have a choice of providers, services and prices.

The Nelson County Broadband Network is owned by Nelson County, and is an open access network that allows for competition among private providers. The Nelson County Broadband Authority (NCBA) was created to administer the network.


Nelson Cable


Stewart Computing Services


In addition CVEC, Firefly Fiber Broadband have begun fiber installation in Nelson County. Click the following link for build schedule information and Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.fireflyva.com/

The Nelson County Board of Supervisors served as the Nelson County Broadband Authority which oversaw the Nelson County 2010-2013 Broadband Project. The Nelson County Broadband Project was the design and construction of a combined fiber optic and wireless middle mile network. The objective of the project was to provide a state of the art high-speed network backbone generally through the center of Nelson County from north to south, providing the ‘highway’ for private providers to enhance and expand broadband internet services in the county. Currently, the NCBA is comprised of  four Board of Supervisors Members and a Citizen Member from the Central District.

Broadband Authority Bylaws

Current Nelson County Broadband Authority Rates, Fees and Charges


February 13, 2015: Governor McAuliffe announces $200,000 Local Innovation Grant for Nelson County. Governor’s Announcement CDBG Block Grant for Nelson County Broadband Project. See the Broadband Projects page for more information.

February 10, 2015: The Nelson County Broadband Authority voted to keep the current discount of non-recurring charges in place and will review these again next year.

Broadband Authority Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019

July 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

March 12, 2019

January 8, 2019

December 11, 2018

September 11, 2018

July 10, 2018

January 10, 2017 Evening Session
January 10, 2017
November 8, 2016
October 6, 2016 Work Session
September 13, 2016
July 12, 2016
May 10, 2016
March 8, 2016
January 12, 2016
October 13, 2015
FY16 Approved Nelson Co Broadband Authority Budget
July 14, 2015
February 10, 2015
January 13, 2015
October 14, 2014
July 8, 2014
June 10, 2014 Called Meeting
April 8, 2014
January 23, 2014
October 24, 2013
September 26, 2013
August 22, 2013
June 27, 2013
May 23 2013
April 25, 2013
April 9, 2013
March 28, 2013
March 21, 2013
February 28,2013
February 26, 2013
February 12, 2013
January 24, 2013
December 11, 2012 Called Meeting
October 25, 2012
July 26, 2012
July 10, 2012
April 26, 2012
February 23, 2012 Special Meeting
February 1, 2012 Continued Meeting
January 26, 2012
October 27, 2011
May 10, 2011
April 28, 2011
January 27, 2011
December 14, 2010

For questions, please contact the County Administrator:
Stephen Carter, County Administrator
P.O. Box 336
Lovingston, VA 22949
434-263-7000 | 888-662-9400

Broadband Authority Meetings

The second Tuesday of every odd month at 1pm: January, March, May, July, September, and November (prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting at 2pm)

2019 Broadband Authority Officers


Larry Saunders – Chair
Tommy Harvey – Vice Chair
Grace Mawyer – Secretary
Candy McGarry – Treasurer

Larry Saunders – South District
Jesse Rutherford – East District
Gary W. Strong – Central District
Thomas Harvey – North District
Thomas Bruguiere, Jr. – West District

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