Universal Broadband for Virginia

"Now more than ever, we must ensure that Virginians in every part of our Commonwealth have access to reliable, high-speed internet."
                                                        -- Governor Ralph S. Northam

Recognition of the lack of broadly shared access to the new digital society and economy is what led Governor Northam to announce his vision of a Commonwealth in which everyone has the infrastructure necessary to access the internet. On July 2, 2018, Gov. Northam announced that the Commonwealth should achieve functionally universal broadband coverage within 10 years.
This data is being provided by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's Office of Broadband  to assist our partners, units of local government and citizens in their efforts to expand broadband access throughout the Commonwealth. 
Available Datasets
  • Virginia FCC Form 477 Geodatabase
  • Virginia Rural Digital Opportunity Shapefiles
  • Virginia Public Wifi Hotspots (Shapefile and Excel)

Broadband Resources

  • Commonwealth Connect-Commonwealth Connect is Virginia’s comprehensive effort to achieve universal broadband access. The full Commonwealth Connect plan can be found here.  Contact information:  commonwealthconnect@governor.virginia.gov.
  • Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI)-The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) extends broadband service to currently unserved areas. VATI prepares communities to build, utilize and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure with the goal of creating strong, competitive communities.
    Contact information: vati@dhcd.virginia.gov.
  • Virginia Broadband Availability Map-The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is an interactive map that allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are providing service in the area.
  • Virginia Broadband Toolkit -The Commonwealth Broadband Team has created tools and resources designed to empower Virginia communities to reach functionally universal broadband coverage (approximately 95% of the local population with access to broadband).