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CAROLINE COUNTY PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
March 22, 2021
Charles M. Culley, Jr.
CAROLINE COUNTY AWARDED VATI GRANT TO EXPAND BROADBAND SERVICE
Governor Ralph Northam announced yesterday that Caroline County has been awarded a Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant to expand broadband service in the County through a partnership with the internet service provider Atlantic Broadband (ABB). The grant award is part of a regional application that will provide broadband access to homes and businesses throughout Caroline, Lancaster, Mathews, and Middlesex counties. Projects were selected through a competitive process that evaluated each project for demonstrated need and benefit for the community, applicant readiness and capacity, and the cost and leverage of the proposed project.
In Caroline, the project will extend fiber for 49.65 miles and pass a total of 512 occupied homes along portions of Ladysmith Road, Balty Road, Penola Road and Route 17 east and west of the Town of Port Royal. More information on the availability of service will follow as the exact routes are determined. The total cost of the project is $2,336,805. Caroline County and Atlantic Broadband have agreed to contribute $614,400 each with VATI grant funds supplying the remaining $1,108,005. The project must be completed within 18 months of the grant award.
“We are extremely appreciative and grateful to learn that Caroline County’s application for a 2021 VATI grant has been successful” said Board of Supervisors Chairman and Reedy Church District Representative Reginald L. Underwood. “The expansion of broadband service to County citizens continues to be a major focus of the Board of Supervisors. The Board extends its thanks to all staff members who played a role in securing this grant."