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.