Montgomery County Receives Grant to Expand Broadband

Montgomery County Wins Grant to Expand Broadband

Montgomery County, VA – Montgomery County recently received a Virginia Telecommunication Initative (VATI) grant to expand broadband in the eastern parts of the county. Gigabeam will partner with Montgomery County to increase high-speed internet access in Allegheny Springs, Elliston, Lafayette, and Shawsville.

Governor Ralph Northam announced the grant in mid-March as part of $20.1 million in VATI funding awarded to 17 localities across the commonwealth. These grants are designed “to extend broadband service to areas that are unserved by an internet service provider.” According to Governor Northam, “Quality broadband service is key to growing our economy, and learning, competing, and succeeding in today’s digital world.” Expanding access to broadband in Montgomery County will benefit residents and businesses alike.

Here is more detailed information about the project:

Montgomery County and Gigabeam

Montgomery County and Gigabeam will extend its broadband network. The new construction will bring fixed wireless broadband access to 1,292 serviceable units, including 44 businesses in Allegheny Springs, Elliston, Lafayette, and Shawsville.

Learn about other efforts to expand broadband access in Virginia’s New River Valley here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small-town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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