Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) and Delegate James Edmunds (R-Halifax) agree that finding additional funding for the broadband initiative in rural Virginia will be priorities for them in the upcoming General Assembly session.
The General Assembly convenes Wednesday in Richmond for a “long” session, which will adjourn on March 10 — a total of 60 days.
Ruff is focused on funding the expansion of broadband into rural Virginia, admittedly an expensive proposition.
The tobacco commission has committed $10 million to broadband expansion, but more money is needed, Ruff said.
“That’s the thing we need to enhance.”
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has applied for a grant through the tobacco commission to supplement the costs of providing broadband through fiber to its customers, according to Edmunds.