Grant for broadband substation approved

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APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A grant has been awarded to Appomattox County and Central Virginia Electric Cooperative in an effort to bring rural broadband to residents.

The $600,000 grant, funded by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, offers CVEC the opportunity to install fiber in Pamplin.

A five-year-plan was developed for installation of over 4,500 miles of fiber-optic cable in 14 counties served by CVEC.

The network will use laser beams and glass fibers to move data at speeds of one gigabit per second. The Pamplin substation will be one of four in Appomattox County.

“Broadband access has become as essential to being economically competitive in the 21st Century as electrification was in the 20th,” noted Delegate Kathy J. Byron, Chairman of the Tobacco Commission’s Research and Development Committee.

Once the project is complete, customers can purchase high-speed internet of 100 megabits per second at $49.99 per month or 1 gigabit per second for $79.99 per month.

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