Congressman Denver Riggleman Applauds $27.1 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband in southside Virginia

July 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Congressman Denver Riggleman applauded the Federal Communications Commission award of $27.1 million in rural broadband funding to five counties in southside Virginia. The grant will bring broadband internet to 11,903  people in Bedford, Brunswick, Charlotte, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg counties. This funding comes as a part of last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which granted $1.488 billion to support connectivity around the country.  Monday’s was the third round of funding from this auction.

"We've been working with the FCC and the USDA to find common-sense solutions to this issue," said Congressman Riggleman. "I'm excited to see the great work that is being done here to help keep our rural communities strong."

Providing increased access to rural broadband has been and will continue to be one of Congressman Riggleman's top priorities in Congress. These grants will be used to construct the infrastructure necessary to bring high-speed internet to homes and communities in rural areas.  Working towards securing these grants and loans through private-public partnerships has been a cornerstone of his strategy in bringing high-speed connectivity to southside Virginia. This funding from the FCC will begin to be distributed later this month.