In a county with the highest median household income in the country - where more than 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic flows - a large area of western Loudoun is without any real broadband Internet connectivity.
"Internet connectivity is becoming as important as running water," said Janet Clarke, supervisor for the Blue Ridge District in a recent interview.
Clarke, who represents most of that swath, wants to see action on the issue.
"The connectivity problems in western Loudoun have gone on for so long that many people truly feel like they do not have a voice and that the county is not recognizing the issue," said Clarke.
Internet is becoming more of an essential component in assessing quality of life.
The Loudoun County Public School System is working to make books electronic and utilize more Internet in the curriculum.
Without Internet, some kids have to go to local McDonald's or public libraries to get their work done, which is hardly conducive to solitary studying.
Many distance education courses at local colleges and universities are completely online.
"Access to broadband Internet is absolutely crucial," said Tony Howard, president and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. "Businesses without it are at a clear disadvantage."
Mark Foster, the Loudoun communications commissioner for the Blue Ridge District, wrote a report on the state of connectivity in Loudoun County.
In it he described western Loudoun like this, "generally little wired broadband availability, limited DSL, poor cellular coverage, spotty WISP coverage, with some exceptions (e.g. Town of Purcellville)" giving the county a D- in Internet connectivity.”
Currently the options for accessing the Internet in the western part of the county without a broadband connection include using a 3G or 4G data connection, a satellite Internet connection like HughesNet, WISP providers or dial-up.
Using a 3G or 4G connection comes with the caveat that there are caps on the amount of data that is available for use before a hefty fee is placed on the user.
Western Loudoun has many barriers to overcome before the Internet is widely available in the area.
According to Foster, of all the broadband providers in the area, only Comcast is looking to expand wired broadband Internet as a core offering nationally, which reduces options.
As for the other large broadband service provider, Verizon has little incentive financially to expand in western Loudoun because the topography of the area makes the infrastructure more costly than other areas of the county.
For example, a more hilly terrain and lots of foliage create a need for more towers.
A franchise agreement signed by Verizon in 2006 has been a point of contention between the county and business.
According to Foster, the county believes the original agreement says that 80 percent of the county would have broadband wireless Internet, while Verizon believes the agreement afforded them latitude to interpret it differently.
Even if Verizon built out 80 percent of households, it would not reach the 100 percent connectivity Clarke would like to see, so she is setting up a forum to speak with business leaders in the area about wireless Internet options.
In the past, wireless towers have been contentious because citizens didn't like them taking over the landscape.
"It was out of place to the historic and scenic value that people had moved here for," said Sally Kurtz, the former supervisor in the Catoctin District from 1999 to 2011.
She estimated that two of the proposed five towers during her time were approved, both of which were disguised as trees.
Also since smartphones have become commonplace, the infrastructure that's becoming more important for many service providers focuses on wireless communication.
The scarcity of wireless towers in western Loudoun has made it harder for WISP and other wireless providers in the area to fill coverage gaps.
Finally with only two supervisors from the board representing the western portion of Loudoun, Clarke believes it's difficult politically to bring attention to the area about this issue.
She believes the best way for her western Loudoun constituency to be heard is to call the county to express the problem in their area or send an email to the Board of Supervisors.
On Oct. 29 at George Washington University Technology Campus - Exploration Hall, Clarke will introduce a discussion on Internet connectivity in conjunction with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce in what it calls its 100 percent Connectivity Challenge intended to bring 100 percent connectivity to the county.