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Broadband in rural areas a top priority to legislators

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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.

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60th District Digest December 21, 2017

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Merry ChristmasChristmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  Norman Vincent Peale

Last year I started showing my appreciation for the hard work that teachers do in a very special way - with cash donations for classroom supplies!! The program was so well received that I decided to do it again this year.

Anyone could nominate a teacher who had made an impression on them by calling WHLF Radio in South Boston when they heard the Tout the Teacher tagline announced. So far this year, I have had 13 winners.

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Delegate Edmunds awards scholarship to Lindsay Slagle

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Delegate Edmunds presented Lindsay Slagle a scholarship award to attend college this fall. Lindsay's plans are to attend community college and then transfer to attain a Physical Therapy Assistant degree.

Congratulations, Lindsay!

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Closing the gap

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In both Halifax and Charlotte counties, the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation has now connected 100 rural households to the Internet, for free.

Why is this a big deal?

In the United States, nearly 34 million people have minimal or nonexistent Internet connections. And 24 million of these people live in rural or countryside areas. With an ever-changing and advancing economy, the Internet is crucial in developing skills and workforce abilities, especially for kids. This lack of access exacerbates the divide between wealthy and less-well off communities, between urban and rural, and is a nationwide problem.

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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

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