STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) – Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $18.3 million in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) to support a dozen projects across Virginia.
These awards included funding for a project submitted by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC).
After working through incumbent carrier challenges to the original project submission, the project areas were revised in order that the project could move ahead to broadband construction and deployment.
The revised CSPDC project will bring broadband access to 492 unserved homes and businesses in Rockbridge County, along with an additional 280 units.
In partnership with Rockbridge County and BARC Electric Cooperative, the $2.2 million grant award will be used to provide fiber infrastructure to help bridge the digital divide to four project areas located in Rockbridge County which includes:
- Cornwall East-South River – Vesuvius electric circuit
- A portion of the Big Hill circuit
- Effinger-Glasgow circuit
- South Buffalo circuit
The overall project will have a total cost of $4.4 million and will result in approximately 111 miles of gigabit last-mile fiber infrastructure.
This project was funded and supported in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Telecommunication Initiative.
The CSPDC will serve as the grant administrator for the project and work with Rockbridge County and BARC from construction to completion.
BARC will also deploy fiber on the North Buffalo electric circuit at the same time as South Buffalo but is not part of the grant project.
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