Northam: VA to spend $700 million in federal funding for universal broadband by 2024


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the Commonwealth will use $700 million in US rescue plan money to bring universal broadband to Virginia by 2024.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the Commonwealth will use $700 million in US rescue plan funding to bring universal broadband to Virginia by 2024.

Northam said in a statement, “It is time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat Internet service like a 21st century necessity – not just a luxury for some, but an essential utility for all.” “

“The pandemic has reinforced how important high-quality broadband is to health, education and economic opportunity, and we cannot leave any community behind.”

The move will accelerate one of the goals Northam announced since taking office in 2018: drawing up a plan for universal broadband by 2028. Speeding up that timeline is one of the goals Northam and General Assembly leaders announced in May, when $4.3 billion was made available to Virginia in a US rescue plan.

Northam announced the move at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.

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