The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority was formed in early 2008 to bring high performance fiber and wireless services to every home and business in the two county—Eastern Shore region of Virginia. The badly underserved area has high levels of poverty and faces a unique set of challenges due in part to its longstanding geographic isolation. The Broadband Authority hired Design Nine in the spring of 2008 to develop financial and business models, develop a project plan for the effort, perform mapping of existing assets and key broadband users and anchor tenants, and to provide advice as needed to the Authority board of directors. Work tasks and deliverables have included: