Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Governor Ralph Northam (D) has announced a proposal to use $700 million in Covid relief funds to make broadband universal in the Commonwealth. Northam says he has agreement with the heads of the money committees on the spending. The General Assembly returns in special session to consider Covid funding on August 2nd.
Northam says the money will enable them to move up the timeline for universal broadband by four years to 2024. He says the need for broadband became clear during the pandemic, as kids learned virtually, and many worked from home. Northam compares the effort to electrifying the state in the early 20th century.
The Commonwealth is receiving more than four billion in Covid funds from the feds.