FCC approves funding, bringing broadband internet to thousands in rural Virginia

Nearly 13,900 rural Virginia homes, businesses in 34 counties


WASHINGTON – Over the next decade, nearly 13,900 rural Virginia homes and businesses in 34 counties will be recieving broadband internet access.

To make that happen, the FCC approved nearly $37 million, allocated from last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America. 

Along with the auction funds, the FCC provided additional funding for 186 companies in 43 states. 

"Providers will be developing gigabit-speed connections to all the locations for which funding is being authorized today, making cutting-edge broadband available to these rural consumers," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated.

Internet service providers will have three years to build out to 40 percent of the assigned homes and businesses. 

Below is a list of the companies, by county, along with the number of homes and businesses served (locations), the amount of support over 10 years, and the minimum download/upload speeds being provided. 

CountyCompanyMinimum SpeedSupport/10 YearsLocations
AlbemarleCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$722,495          398 
AmherstCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$7,180,472        2,200 
AppomattoxCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$4,076,713        1,759 
AugustaBARConnects1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,305,190          582 
BathBARConnects1 Gbps/500 Mbps$314,175174
BotetourtBARConnects1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,165,579388
BrunswickEMPOWER Broadband1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,868,320838
BuckinghamCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,684,113426
ChesapeakeVerizon South1 Gbps/500 Mbps$12,7942
ChesapeakeVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$71,9959
ChesterfieldVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$400,746118
CulpeperVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$74,85523
CumberlandCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$2,888,1831,137
FairfaxVerizon South1 Gbps/500 Mbps$24,8008
FairfaxVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$64,36532
FluvannaCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$110,4899
GoochlandCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,228,589561
HamptonVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$21,1157
HenricoVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$22,4808
James CityVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$82,71522
LouisaCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$1,785,103939
NelsonCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$8,790,7293,346
Newport NewsVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$96,01225
OrangeCentral Virginia Services1 Gbps/500 Mbps$136,07052
PortsmouthVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$32,35925
PowhatanVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$23,1859
Prince WilliamVerizon South1 Gbps/500 Mbps$79,27920
RichmondVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$73,30918
RockbridgeBARConnects1 Gbps/500 Mbps$2,189,294590
SpotsylvaniaVerizon South1 Gbps/500 Mbps$21,1655
SpotsylvaniaVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$136,70335
Virginia BeachVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$70,92921
WilliamsburgVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$19,4613
YorkVerizon Virginia1 Gbps/500 Mbps$208,98166
Total  $36,982,763     13,855