Connect America Grant Aims to Boost Rural Broadband Access
If you live in Greene County or Albemarle County and have slow broadband Internet, a big federal grant is about to speed your service up.
A grant from Connect America Funds aims to bring 2,700 homes in rural Virginia high speed Internet, and some of the homes are in Albemarle and Greene county.
CenturyLink is targeting Scottsville and Stanardsville because they are rural spots in central Virginia that have struggled with slow internet service over the years.
In total, $2.1 million of the grant will be devoted to CenturyLink's plan to bring broadband service to as many rural areas in Virginia as they can. CenturyLink believes high-speed Internet brings essential educational and economic opportunities.
Simone Alley with CenturyLink said, "Everyone's got an iPhone or is using their computer, kids have got to get their homework done. It's important to bring that high speed to these homes, just like we've got it in the more urban areas."
By the end of this year, CenturyLink says 90 percent of Albemarle County will have high-speed Internet coverage.
CenturyLink added they have filed a waiver for an additional $600,000 in Virginia. That would help them provide even more broadband services to central Virginia.
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