$220M heading to Virginia for broadband expansion via the American Rescue Plan

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) – U.S. Senator Mark Warner is applauding an announcement made by the U.S. Treasury Department that said Virginia is eligible to receive $219,812,354 from the American Rescue Plan which will support the expansion of broadband in the Commonwealth.

The funding is the result of a $10 billion investment secured by Sen. Warner which will help states, territories and tribal governments carry out critical capital projects to enable telework, online education, and telehealth related to COVID-19.

State governments will also be allowed to use funds to increase broadband efficiency and reduce the cost of providing broadband services.

“Broadband is to the 21st century what electrification was to the 20th. The COVID-19 crisis exposed that far too many Americans are being left behind without access to high-speed internet for work, school or telehealth. That’s why I fought to secure a record $10 billion in federal funding to expand broadband access and affordability as part of the American Rescue Plan. Today the Treasury Department announced that Virginia will be eligible to receive at least $220 million of this funding in order to expand broadband to households across the Commonwealth.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

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