Rural Broadband

Rural broadband may be coming to a farm near you, thanks to new money from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Some residents of Virginia still hear that annoying dial up when they connect to the Internet. The state estimates more than 600,000 residents don’t have high speed broadband. There’s a surprising barrier, but the state isn’t letting it stop them from getting people connected.  

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Efforts to bring broadband internet service to rural areas in Virginia could get a big shot in the arm.

Governor Ralph Northam says he will designate $46 million additional dollars to the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative,  a state program that works with public private partnerships to increase service.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation & Microsoft

Southern Virginia's economy has been devastated by the loss of the tobacco and textile industries that sustained it through much of its history.

Now with the help of a corporate giant, local innovators are trying to remake part of Southside in the image of the digital age.