Broadband access could expand to rural Southwest Virginia - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Broadband access could expand to rural Southwest Virginia

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS)- As communities in the Roanoke Valley prepare to invest millions in expanding broadband access, federal money could soon help bring it to smaller communities.

The $8.2 million broadband infrastructure project is designed to help local businesses compete and create more jobs.

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But through new Federal Communication Commission (FCC) programs like Connect America, the next step will likely be to connect rural communities in Southwest Virginia.

"We think there are opportunities there in the future for the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to work with existing providers or new providers to help provide service to these areas," said Matt Miller, the Director of Information Services with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission.

Miller said the Connect America program is still in its early stages and any rural expansion is likely years away.

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