Northam Announces $ 79 Million Grant to Extend Broadband to 13 Communities, Including Goochland and Powhatan | Government-and-politics

“Broadband access impacts all facets of our daily lives, from education to business to healthcare,” Northam said in a statement Monday. “It’s a necessity to navigate today’s digital world. “

The counties are part of a partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, based in Charlottesville, and Firefly Fiber Broadband, a subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, based in Nelson. Dominion Energy and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, based in Fredericksburg, are also building fiber optic networks for the project.

Northam announced the grants at a Goochland fire and rescue station near Hadensville, where he was joined by Warner, Kaine Spanberger, whose congressional district includes Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa.

Warner and Kaine are former governors of Virginia, Northam noted. “This lets you know how much this means to the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Warner, who was a telecommunications executive before his governorship 20 years ago, called the push to expand broadband networks “the culmination of many years” of efforts to achieve universal coverage. in a large band.

“There were a lot of promises,” he said, but “rural areas all over Virginia, and indeed the country for that matter, did not enjoy the benefits.”

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