Buchanan, Scott counties to share in $6M in broadband development funding


A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will help expand internet services into Buchanan and Scott counties, according to reports issued Tuesday by Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

Each locality will receive $3 million from the USDA Community Connect Grant Program to launch Ethernet fibers projects that the senators said will bring quality of life improvements for residents while boosting economic development and health care services.

Scott County Telephone Cooperative has earmarked a portion of the funding to link 603 households in the Big Ridge community of Dickenson County, the report said. Buchanan County's millions will be used by iGo Technology, Inc., for a project to bring the online services to 676 establishments.

Federal lawmakers are mulling a $40 billion plan that would expand broadband in other rural parts of the U.S.