Originally published by Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, March 14, 2018

PamunkeyNet, a business entity of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, has received approval from the GO Virginia State Board for the development of a plan for broadband in Region 6, which includes Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, and other localities of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

The PamunkeyNet broadband project has been in the works for the past year. According to a press release from the Middle Peninsula Alliance, the plan seeks to design and implement a sustainable business model for high-speed broadband delivery to underserved localities in and around the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

GO Virginia is the state board tasked with creating more high-paying jobs across Virginia by fostering collaboration between businesses, education and government.

In addition to leveraging “the unique asset of the federally-recognized Pamunkey Indian Tribe,” said the release, the plan will capitalize on a technical study conducted last year on options for last-mile deployment of broadband on the Middle Peninsula.

Technical studies that have been conducted of other parts of GO Virginia’s Region 6 will be used, as well, said the release. Region 6 includes not only the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, but also Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties, and the city of Fredericksburg.