Floyd County, Virginia will soon become the most connected rural community in the state, thanks to initiatives from Citizens Telephone Cooperative and state leaders. The cooperative plans on laying 1,700 miles of fiber-optic cable over the next three years, according to the Roanoke Times. That will provide next generation gigabit internet to 97% of Floyd County's population by 2021.
For advocates of rural internet access, this is a huge win. The entire buildup is expected to cost $35 million, with $10 million coming from federal funding through the Alternative Connect America Cost Model program.
According to the Roanoke Times:
“There is not another community as rural as Floyd that’s going to be completely connected as soon as Floyd,” said Evan Feinman, Gov. Ralph Northam’s chief broadband advisor. “I think it’s very safe to say this is leading the way on truly rural communities.”
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