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Louisa and Albemarle Counties seek grant

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Louisa County seeks a grant to fund broadband internet service in the Green Springs area.

Louisa County is teaming with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative to seek a grant to fund broadband internet service in the Green Springs area.

Albemarle County is also a partner for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative grant, available from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The state has $4 million in grants available for localities that partner with a private company to extend high-speed internet service. It’s unclear how much money Louisa and Albemarle could be eligible for.

The grant would serve roughly 562 homes in the two counties, according to Bob Hardy, Louisa County information technology director. All receive electric service via CVEC’s Cash Corner substation, located in Albemarle County. The Louisa addresses are clustered along Louisa Road (Rt. 22) west of Boswell’s Tavern and on Columbia and Lindsay roads.

Grant applicants serving areas that do not already have an internet service provider will receive priority from state officials.

The grant request is unrelated to CVEC’s request to Louisa County for $550,000 in financial aid, Supervisor Bob Babyok (Green Springs district) said. He said that funding request may come up for a vote at the board of supervisors’ Dec. 17 meeting.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Nov. 29, 2018 issue.

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