Gov. Northam announces plan to expand broadband internet


Broadband internet expansion is on the way for Virginia.  

Governor Ralph Northam announced his budget today, featuring major investments in the Commonwealth’s support of broadband infrastructure – expanding internet service to all unserved in Virginia.

The governor’s proposal would increase funding for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI), a program to help serve people without internet access. The new budget features $50 million for the 2020 fiscal year.  

Officials say this would be an increase to the already $4 million already appropriated on an annual basis. The state funding will be matched by local, federal and private funds.  

The Governor’s Office says the commitments are the first installments of a multi-year investment totaling $250 million over the near future for the state.  

More details on the budget are expected to be announced in the coming days. 

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