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Northam to hail broadband funds

SoVaNow.com / July 30, 2020


Gov. Ralph Northam is slated to visit town today for the presentation of a $710,0514 check to Halifax County on behalf of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and its fiber optic broadband EMPOWER subsidiary.

Northam will be meeting with local officials at the SOVA Innovation Hub construction site today at 2 p.m. The governor’s visit comes after Halifax County was awarded the grant money in January by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to connect 703 homes and businesses to high-speed broadband.

The county is partnering with MEC’s EMPOWER subsidiary to bring high-speed service to underserved areas. The state grant, awarded through the housing department’s Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI), will pay for 55 miles of ultra-high speed fiber optic cable to four areas: Omega to Aarons Creek, Lower Liberty Road, Cody to Bull Creek, and Liberty to Highway 57.

Of the 703 connections on the extension, 15 are to businesses and community anchors. The total project cost is $3.6 million, with MEC contributing $2.9 million.



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