The CSPDC is providing grant administration support for two infrastructure building broadband projects to benefit the underserved areas of Rockbridge County, including the towns of Goshen and Glasgow Both projects, a Virginia Telecommunication Initiate (VATI) program grant and an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Grant, will total over $3M in funding and will help build strong, competitive communities within this region. The VATI project alone, with a total cost of $4.4 million, will result in 111 miles of gigabit last mile fiber infrastructure that will reach 492 unserved homes and businesses. Local service provider BARC Electric Cooperative is contracted to complete both projects.
Other broadband access efforts in the Region include a project in Augusta County, through a partnership with MGW/Lingo, to construct a fiber-to-the-home network in the McDowell and Deerfield areas of Augusta and Highland Counties. This project totaling over $1M is expected to provide broadband access to 1,099 total locations, including 15 businesses.
On June 17, 2021 the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be hosting an application how-to-apply webinar for the 2022 VATI program. Representatives from units of local government, internet service providers and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate. VATI applications are due on September 14, 2021.