Southside Virginia gets grant for high speed internet service
Several Southside Virginia communities have new opportunities for development of high speed internet service. WCVE/WMVE's Jeanne Faulconer reports that matching grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission will improve connectivity in Southern Virginia.
The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, a fiber-optic backbone provider in rural markets, has announced that over $750,000 has been awarded to three of its members. That will provide high-speed internet service to over 3,800 customers in southern Virginia, where high-speed service has not been available.
The 50/50 matching grants were awarded to RAF Wireless, for WiMAX deployments in Boydton and Baskerville; to CenturyLink, for broadband service in areas currently supported by dial-up in parts of Buckingham, Campbell, Henry, Lunenberg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick and Pittsylvania Counties; and to Kinex, for WiMAX deployments in northwest Buckingham County and in part of Charlotte County.
The matching grant awards will leverage over $1 million in private sector capital in the region, bringing high-speed internet to more residential and business customers in the state. The grant money to three Mid-Atlantic Broadband members is from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, created in 1999 by the General Assembly to promote economic growth in the Commonwealth's tobacco-dependent communities.
Jeanne Faulconer, WCVE News, South Hill