Chairman of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors Billy Martin (right) introduced Gov. Ralph Northam during a ceremony last Tuesday at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.
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By Aila Boyd

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Gov. Ralph Northam visited Botetourt County last Tuesday to commend the county’s efforts to bring broadband coverage to underserved and unserved areas throughout the county.

Northam spoke at a ceremony that was held at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville. He described Botetourt County as being “God’s country.”

“As you can probably tell from listening to me, I’m from rural Virginia,” Northam said, specifically the Eastern Shore. “We need to do all that we can to lift up rural Virginians.” He suggested that one of the best ways to lift up rural Virginians is by granting them broadband access.

He noted in his speech that he requested over $50 million for use over the next five years for broadband expansion funding from the General Assembly this year. “In Richmond, you don’t always get what you ask for,” he said. The General Assembly ultimately allocated $19 million,…



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