In January, Virginia Governor Northam announced more than $18.3 million in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) to support broadband expansion to underserved regions across Virginia. The CSPDC submitted an application with co-applicant BARC Electric Cooperative and was awarded a $2.2 million grant. After working through incumbent carrier challenges to the original project submission, the project areas were revised in order that the project could move ahead to broadband construction and deployment. The revised project will bring broadband access to 492 unserved homes and businesses in Rockbridge County resulting in approximately 111 miles of gigabit last mile fiber infrastructure and a total cost of $4.4 million dollars. The CSPDC will serve as the grant administrator and will work with Rockbridge County and BARC through the completion of the project.