Virginia Telecommunication Initiative

The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) extends broadband service to currently unserved areas. VATI prepares communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure with the goal of creating strong, competitive communities.

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

This CDBG program funds eligible units of local government for planning and implementation projects, which target “last mile” installation of broadband (i.e.; no long-haul backbone systems will be installed with CDBG funds). Construction funding must be a part of a larger community comprehensive development project.

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Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Virginia’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding fosters economic development and improves the quality of life for our Appalachian citizens. ARC provides assistance to facilitate broadband expansion in unserved communities in the ARC region.

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Commonwealth Connect

Commonwealth Connect is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s comprehensive effort to achieve universal broadband access. The Commonwealth Connect webpage provides an overview of ongoing efforts to expand broadband access and promotes resources that will help local leaders expand broadband infrastructure in their communities.

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Utility Leverage Program

The Utility Leverage Program for broadband allows Virginia’s investor owned utilities to partner with localities and internet service providers to leverage utility-owned fiber for network expansion in unserved areas of the Commonwealth.

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