LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Credit COVID bill for broadband $$

To the editor:

On Monday the Louisa County Board of Supervisors acknowledged Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement of the massive investment in rural broadband (made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act).  

According to the governor’s press release, Louisa will benefit from the regional partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, designated to receive $79 million to provide Central Virginia access to broadband and high-speed internet. Firefly executive Gary Wood acknowledged that the grant settlement will allow them to complete their work even faster.

Thanks to the Firefly partnership with Dominion, Rappahannock and Louisa County government; the countless Louisa citizens, committees, and advocates working diligently for years; and the advocacy of our elected representative, Abigail Spanberger, broadband is now within reach. It cannot come soon enough. Thank you to all who were a part of this work.

Since her first 2019 Rural Broadband Summit in Louisa, where individuals and businesses identified lack of broadband connectivity as an obstacle to growth and development, Spanberger has been laser-focused on expanding high-speed broadband internet access across Central Virginia’s rural communities. Her legislative work has succeeded in highlighting, funding, and expanding broadband access to District 7 constituents.  

Those praising and accepting this investment need to acknowledge the true catalyst behind this initiative – the funding made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It passed on March 11 by a majority of Democratic votes with not a single Republican vote in the House or Senate. 

Thanks to the Democrats for championing rural Virginia. 

W.W. Craig


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