The Northern Neck Planning District Commission and All Points Broadband announced that they have received an additional $8.5 million in federal broadband funds to support the second and final phase of a regional fiber-to-the-home broadband network to bring internet access to approximately 7,500 unserved locations in the Counties of King George, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland, in partnership with Dominion Energy Virginia and the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative. Together with the $10.3 million in state funding announced in January, the partners have now received $18.8 million in state and federal funding to help build a fiber-to-the-home network to serve presently unserved locations in the initial four counties.
“Access to reliable internet is more critical now than ever,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “We’re excited about the role we play in this partnership, and we’re optimistic about how much these efforts could help communities here in our home state.”
“This project is incredibly exciting and will lead to universal coverage in a huge portion of the Commonwealth that has been left behind for too long,” said Evan Feinman, Governor Northam’s Chief Broadband Advisor. “The Governor’s vision of getting all Virginians online is a big step closer to being a reality.”