FCC plans to meet with Augusta County leaders to discuss internet regulations

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The FCC plans to hold a meeting in Waynesboro Tuesday morning to discuss regulations on how to improve internet in the Valley.

This is the second time that the FCC has visited the Valley. Augusta County Supervisor, Marshall Pattie has been a strong advocate for better internet in the county.

He says in this meeting, the FCC is focusing on deregulation of towers and other regulations they can remove to encourage internet in rural areas.

Something Pattie believes can work.

"I do favor deregulation. I don't think that we need to add barriers," said Pattie. "Anything that we can do to lower the cost will provide lower cost internet for us and increase the likelihood that we'll get internet in rural America and Augusta County."

According to the FCC, almost more than 1,500 homes and businesses are in need of internet in Augusta County, alone.

Pattie said if the deregulation of towers were to happen, the county could see more smaller 5G internet towers built across the Valley for a cheaper cost.