BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner was in Bedford County Wednesday morning. It is a part of his four-day swing through communities across the Commonwealth.
He sat down with first responders, health care workers, teachers and economic developers to talk about launching broadband.
The project is underway thanks to federal funding from the COVID-19 relief and infrastructure bills.
He says it’s important for people in rural areas to have high-speed, affordable internet.
“This is so important not only from an economic development standpoint, getting broadband to all the communities across southside and southwest,” Warner said. “But it’s also critically important in terms of health care. In rural communities, you’ve got a lot further to drive to get to the hospital.”
Warner also made an appearance later in Amherst County. He’s taking a look at Madison Heights’ main sewage pump station and its threat to contaminate the James River.