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Virginia State Senators Announce Funding to Bring Broadband Access to Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON- United States Senators, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced today that there will be federal funding to boost broadband access on the Eastern Shore and in Southwest Virginia. 

The funding was awarded through the US Department of Agriculture's Community Connect Grant Program, to expand broadband to rural and underserved areas.

Eastern Shore Communications, LLC will receive $1,799,911 to construct a broadband fiber fixed-wireless high-speed network capable of servicing residents of Chincoteague, Wallops Island, Accomac, Exmore, Cape Charles, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk with speeds of at least 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream.

The Scott County Telephone Cooperative will receive $3,000,000 to construct a fiber-to-the home broadband system that will provide internet access to 554 households and 20 businesses in Scott County, Virginia. 

Senators Warner and Kaine said broadband is important to bring to the state of Virginia in order to keep all communities up to date. 

“Broadband access is vital to the economic success of the Commonwealth and the nation,”the Senators said. “These federal funds will help Virginia connect to the digital age while expanding access to healthcare, educational, and job opportunities.”

Warner and Kaine say they have been strong supporters of expanding broadband access in Virginia both as Governors and Senators. 

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