FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Franklin County Broadband Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to mark the approval of a $4.6 million broadband project.

The project is expected to provide nearly 20,000 area residents with internet and provide internet speeds from 25 to 100 mbps as a part of Phase 1 of the County’s broadband initiative.

This initial phase will involve an extension of fiber along Old Salem School Road in Union Hall to serve nearly 200 homes and businesses in the area. This phase is expected to be completed in late 2021. Last year, Franklin County received a grant to extend fiber to over 650 homes and businesses, and this is expected to be finished in September 2020.

The contract signing will take place at the Franklin County Government Center Board of Supervisors Meeting Room located at 1255 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount.

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