Why did Orange County decide Broadband was a priority?

The COVID- 19 pandemic highlighted the need for households in Orange County to have access to broadband internet, which is defined as 25 megabits per second (mbps) download speed and 3 mbps upload speed. Broadband has become a necessity to fully participate in educational instruction, commerce and civic life. This need is particularly acute in the rural parts of Orange County where low density impedes the ability of internet service providers to recover the cost of a significant capital investment. 

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1. Why did Orange County decide Broadband was a priority?
2. Why did Orange County choose to partner with Lumos?
3. How is Orange County paying for its share?
4. What will Lumos do?
5. How much will the service cost?
6. How long will it take to build out the network, and when will services be available?
7. My home is far off the main road – what can I do?
8. I want to sign up. What do I do?