Bath-Highland Network Authority Receives VATI Grant

In December, Governor Northam announced the allocation of $722 million to provide universal broadband infrastructure in 70 localities, which will close 90% of Virginia’s digital divide. The funding—from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) and the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)—will support 35 projects. One of those projects is the Bath-Highland Network Authority 2022 Universal Broadband Project, which was awarded over $7 million. The CSPDC was the applicant on behalf of the Bath-Highland Network Authority and MGW is the co-applicant to bring universal broadband coverage to Bath and Highland counties.

  • Total project cost: $10,990,000
  • Total matching funds: $3,113,200 (28.3% of the total project)
    • MGW is providing $2,013,200
    • Bath County is providing $800,000 in local ARPA funds
    • Highland County is providing $300,000 in local ARPA funds
  • Total VATI funding request: $7,876,800
  • Total locations served: 2,470 locations (Bath: 2,156 and Highland: 314)