To help bring high-speed, affordable internet to unserved areas in the region, the CSPDC submitted two applications for the 2020 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) program early in September. The first application was submitted on behalf of Bath and Rockbridge counties, with
co-applicant, BARC Electric Cooperative. If funded, this project would provide internet service to 1,085 residences and businesses. The project area includes Vesuvius, Big Hill, Effinger, South Buffalo, Glasgow and Buck Hill in Rockbridge County, and Warm Springs and Millboro in Bath County. The second application was submitted on behalf of Bath and Highland counties, with co-applicant, MGW Telephone. This project would service 240 residences and businesses and includes the project areas of Dry Run and Mountain Grove in Bath County, and the Doe Hill area of Highland County.
DHCD anticipates announcing the grant awards in December, 2019.