Kickstart Fiber Campaign

Powhatan Internet Co-op seeks to construct a fiber optic network that will encompass all of Powhatan County, and we need your help!  We are a member-owned, non-profit cooperative.  That means we don’t profit personally from contributions or services sold.  That also means we get our Internet Service at-cost.  Do you want better Internet?  Do your kids need faster, more reliable Internet access for school?  Should Powhatan be the best-served community in Virginia through fiber Broadband?  If you answered yes to any of those, then you need to become a member, and join our Kickstart Fiber Campaign.  Any level of support helps us reach our goal.

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Through our Kickstart Fiber Campaign, we hope to accomplish the following tasks in Powhatan County in this order:

  1. Purchase a network design software and conduct a feasibility study to determine exact cost and materials (2 months)
  2. Design and build a 60,000-square-foot Co-op Headquarters, Data Center, New Business Development Incubator, and Technology epicenter of Powhatan County (12 months)
  3. Construct a Passive Optical Network (fiber optic) throughout Powhatan County to reach every home and business (24 months)
  4. Make Powhatan County the most desired, sought after community in which to live, learn, work and play.

Why a Kickstarter?

Simply put – there’s no other way to fund the construction of this network.  The USDA, Tobacco Commission, and FCC have no money for Broadband, or Powhatan County doesn’t meet the criteria to apply for funding for Broadband.  Financial institutions will not loan money to build telecommunication networks.  Investors don’t invest in non-profit cooperatives.  A grassroots, community-driven funding through the generosity and determination of our citizens is the only way we can succeed.

Funding Goals

We must achieve a minimum of $3M funding to begin construction on the Co-op Headquarters building, and the fiber optic network.

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12.5%$3M
25%$6M
50%$12M
75%$18M
100%$24M

Reaching the maximum funding (100%) will allow us to complete all of our tasks within a 24-month timeframe, and serve our entire community with fiber optic Internet access.

Rewards

Rewards are available in three categories: individual, neighborhood, and county.  Individual rewards are unlocked through money you pledge or contribute to pre-paid services, thereby earning you rewards based on the amount.

Neighborhood rewards are unlocked when a certain percentage of neighbors join in our kickstarter campaign.  Encourage your neighbors to join to reach higher levels of participation and unlock rewards for your neighborhood!

County rewards are achieved when we reach overall funding goals throughout the entire county.  These rewards are something of which our members or community can all share in the benefit of having.

Rewards Matrix

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