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Online Survey About Internet Access In Virginia

Last year, Culpeper County was awarded a $75,000 planning grant for rural broadband expansion from the State of Virginia. There is an online survey that the State of Virginia has set up to help determine the Internet needs of rural areas. That survey can be found at this link:

http://ruonline.virginia.gov/broadbandsurvey/survey/ruonline/

At this time, the editor of this newsletter is not certain if Culpeper County’s plans, but according to an article in the Culpeper Star-Exponent, dated December 11, 2015, Culpeper County Administrator Ernie Hoch said they would launch a planning effort for broadband expansion in Culpeper in the near future.

IRS Scams Reported in Culpeper County

IRS Tax scam (free clip art)

IRS Tax scam (free clip art)

Press release from Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of IRS scam operations – for a total of 18 since January 1.

The caller identifies himself (or herself) as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service and tells the victim that they owe unpaid taxes. If the victim protests, the caller may ask for their social security number for confirmation. This is an identity theft scam to obtain personal information, including birthdates, bank account information, and credit card numbers. To obtain money, they may threaten to freeze the victim’s assets or send law enforcement to arrest them. Conversely, the caller may tell the victim that they are due a refund to obtain personal information.

Caller ID “spoofing,” which allows the caller to adopt a fake phone number and/or name, may be another element of the operation, so residents should not automatically assume the information displayed in their caller ID accurately identifies the caller. Some victims are reporting that the call/message is automated.

The IRS reports that they will NEVER:
– call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill,
– demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe,
– require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card,
– ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or
– threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

In addition to telephone scams, residents should be wary of e-mail phishing scams, where the e-mail appears to be from the IRS and includes a link to a fake web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site (e.g., IRSgov – without a dot between “IRS” and “gov). Clicking on the link or an attachment may download malicious software onto a computer. The IRS asks that recipients forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Fund Raising with Amazon

Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (photo from Facebook)

Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (photo from Facebook)

Disclosure: Photo and text is copied and pasted directly from the Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company’s Facebook page

Our rural volunteer fire company is raising funds for a new station. We are currently using a small 40 x 80 garage as a fire and rescue station. Several life saving units are stored outside. Building estimates are 3.5 to 4 million dollars. Our volunteers have responded to 100 % of our calls for over two years! Our community needs a new fire station and the volunteers need a safe place to train, sleep, eat, shower and operate from. Our community has supported us for over twenty years and simply cannot afford a new fire station. We are reaching out to others for assistance. We operate the only Technical Large Animal Rescue Team in the Commonwealth providing this service to the entire state for free! You can donate through Amazon Smile and it will not cost you a thing – simply log on to their site and register Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue as your choice as the recipient. Our community and the fire and rescue providers would greatly appreciate your support!!

Support Little Fork Fire and Rescue by shopping with Amazon Smile (image from Facebook)

Support Little Fork Fire and Rescue by shopping with Amazon Smile (image from Facebook) Click on this photo to go to Amazon Smile

Wireless Internet Comes To Jeffersonton Community Center

Joe Lenig

Joe Lenig

Jeffersonton, VA – Virginia Broadband, LLC (VABB) of Culpeper VA installed Wireless Internet Access November 20, 2013 in the Jeffersonton Community Center using the fixed wireless radio frequency tower on the Clevenger’s Corner water tower. VABB volunteered to provide the free Internet service as part of a community service outreach project.

VABB became involved in the process of providing Internet service to the Jeffersonton Community Center when the President, Robert M Sullivan, read a Letter to the Editor in the Culpeper Star-Exponent in April 2013. The letter, written by Jeffersonton resident Linda Bradshaw, wrote about the lack of availability of the Internet to many residents in the Jeffersonton area, and discussed the importance of Internet access to students.

Linda Bradshaw

Linda Bradshaw

Sullivan emailed Bradshaw, and offered the services of VABB to the Jeffersonton Community Center, in the interest of community service. A series of emails ensued between VABB employee Joe Lenig, Bradshaw, and Jeffersonton Community Center President Loni Colvin; negotiations for free Wi-Fi service began in earnest. Final details were arranged between Lenig and Colvin.

According to Lenig, no passwords are required, there are no usage limitations. The router is set at “full-open” at 10mbps (mega-bytes per second) range down and 2mbps up.

“I am pleased that I could be both catalyst and facilitator in the process of bringing Wireless Internet access to the Jeffersonton Community Center. This brings Internet access much closer to the many Jeffersonton residents who cannot get Internet at home. This generous move from VABB could enrich the lives of many local families” said Bradshaw. “It should be noted, however, that the Jeffersonton Community Center has no plans at this time to provide supervision for minors, and no computers are on-site. This is not an after-school care program, and parents should not allow their children to come to the center unsupervised.”

About Virginia Broadband: Virginia Broadband is a high-speed wireless broadband Internet service provider located in Culpeper, VA. It is located at 14115 Lovers Lane Suite 135, Culpeper, VA 22701. For more information about Virginia Broadband, go to http://www.vabb.com

About Jeffersonton Community Center: Jeffersonton Community Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Jeffersonton VA community. It is located at 5073 Jeffersonton Rd, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. For more information about the Jeffersonton Community Center, go to http://jeffersontoncommunitycenter.com.

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