FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – With more and more families working and learning from home, Franklin County leaders signed a $4.6 million dollar deal on Tuesday to boost broadband service in the county.
Phase 1 of the project will provide faster internet service to about 20,000 homes, which is more than half the county.
Locals, like Michelle Ousley, said that’s a big deal.
“That’s great. I mean, because that’s what we need,” said Ousley. “I actually have a disabled child that has to learn from home, you know what I’m saying. And we have to homeschool her. And [the internet connections is] always cutting the teachers off; they’re always calling back. So definitely, it’s going to be a blessing.”
Michael Grimm also lives in the county and runs his own business. He and his employees work from home sometimes, but spotty internet makes it hard to get things done.
“It’s very, very slow, very poor connectivity,” said Grimm.
The county’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Steven Sandy, said that 70 percent of residents don’t have adequate internet access and 30% don’t have any internet at all.
“In light of all the issues with schools and remote learning and working from home, this is a big step for the county to be able to get that access to a number of our citizens,” said Sandy.