Friday, December 9, 2022

Is A Second Broadband Option Also Coming To James City County?

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JAMES CITY-It appears James City County may follow Williamsburg’s lead when it comes to offering residents an additional choice for cable and Internet.

On September 9, Williamsburg City Council approved a franchise agreement with Shenandoah Cable Television LLC, or Shentel, to provide broadband services to city residents and businesses. For years, Cox Communications had been the sole provider for citizens in Williamsburg.

Currently, Cox Communications is the only provider for businesses and residents of James City County. However, James City County administrator Scott Stevens recently hinted on the county’s podcast that another option may be on its way to the county.

During the podcast, Stevens spoke about the James City County Board of Supervisors meeting in July in which the board approved a cable only franchise agreement with Cox Communications. Stevens stressed that the approval doesn’t mean that it is an exclusive contract and said that the county has reached out to other providers about offering their services.

Residents frequently complain to county officials about the lack of choice when it comes to cable and Internet services. While Stevens did not specify which additional companies the county is speaking with about bringing another option for cable and broadband services to the county, he did say that conversation is ongoing with a few of them.

“We hope to have some good news in the coming months,” Stevens said.

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