Augusta County, VA has been awarded a third grant of $333,378 for broadband funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The Lingo Networks Fiber Project will serve an area between Churchville and Buffalo Gap.
Pam Carter, Board of Supervisors vice-chair and member of the Augusta County Broadband Committee, said, “Grants like these from the state and federal government are crucial to us so we can afford the overwhelming expense for getting broadband to our rural areas. That’s why I feel so fortunate for Augusta County to recently receive more than $900,000 in broadband grant money to benefit the citizens of the county.”
The rural fiber project will serve the Mountain Run residential area and households near the intersection of Heizer Tanyard and Jerusalem Chapel Roads located between Churchville and Buffalo Gap. Last-mile fiber-to-the home (FTTH) for 36 households are included in this project along with middle-mile fiber infrastructure which can serve additional FTTH customers. It was estimated that out of the initial 36 households, at least 25 households need broadband for income-related reasons.
Lingo Networks performed extensive data research and interviews with farmers and landowners in the area in order to plan and prepare this project that would provide fiber connections to residents by December 25, 2020.
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