Saturday, April 12, 2003

Broadband comes to Dickenson County

At this site can be found details on the Dickenson County, Virginia Wireless Integrated Network, the fruit of Delegate Bud Phillips' labors in this past session of the legislature to pass a bill authorizing counties to operate wireless telecommunications networks by way of a new kind of service authority.

Dickenson County has a population of about 16,000 (down 7% in 2000 from 1990), including 5,300 "persons with a disability", and 753 people over the age of 25 with a college degree, according to statistics shown here. Its population is 99% white, 14.5% 65 or older, and 21.6% are persons "below poverty."

A short, unofficial history of the county appears here, and includes the fact that one proposed name that was rejected was "Stonewall County," in honor of the Confederate general from Virginia.

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