Millions to be invested to achieve universal broadband by 2024

Millions to be invested to achieve universal broadband by 2024

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia plans to invest $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expedite the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure to unserved areas and close the digital divide within the next three years. This proposal will accelerate Northam’s 10-year goal for achieving universal internet access from 2028 to 2024, with the majority of connections obligated within the next 18 months. In May,  Northam and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for allocating the $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the Commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan. The Governor made the announcement at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, where he was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner and others. Northam...

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