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Ribbon cutting ceremony commemorates connecting the first 100 households to affordable Internet access

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Delegate Edmunds participated in the ribbon cutting May 23, at the South Boston Early Learning Center, for the broadband initiative between Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband and the Tobacco Commission to commemorate connecting the first 100 student households to broadband internet.

broadband ribbon cutting at South Boston Early Learning Center

From the event invitation:

Billions of people worldwide lack affordable access to the Internet. Within the United States, this number equates to 34 million, which includes 24 million rural Americans and 15 million young students. Within Charlotte and Halifax counties, the digital divide is equally prevalent, as approximately 50% of households with school age children lack broadband access at home. As Virginia schools continue to innovate in the classroom, teachers often require students to incorporate Internet resources into homework assignments, leaving unconnected youth in Southern Virginia at a significant disadvantage.

Join Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation (MBC), Microsoft, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, local educators and community leaders on May 23rd for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate connecting the first 100 households to affordable Internet access.

Such progress has been made possible through an innovative public private partnership using wireless broadband connectivity technology known as TV White Spaces. Hear more about how this technology is empowering Virginian students and teachers to achieve more, and recognize the role Virginia is playing in creating the most expansive TV White Spaces broadband initiative in North America.