The Northern Neck Planning District Commission, All Points Broadband, and the Counties of King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Receive Significant Grant In Support of First Phase of Regional Broadband Initiative for the Northern Neck
RICHMOND, Va. – The Northern Neck Planning District Commission and All Points Broadband announced today that they have received a $10.3 million grant to help fund construction of a regional fiber-to-the-home broadband network to bring internet access to approximately 5,000 unserved locations in the Counties of King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.
“Receiving this grant is a significant milestone on our path to achieving universal broadband in King George, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties,” said Jimmy Carr, All Points’ CEO. “Last March, we established a unique partnership among All Points, these four counties, Dominion Energy, and the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, and together, we are pioneering a new model for bringing fiber-optic broadband to communities that have been passed over.”
“With so many Virginians working and learning from home, there is a tremendous need for access to reliable internet,” said Joe Woomer, Dominion Energy’s vice president of Grid & Technical Solutions. “We’re committed to supporting broadband efforts every step of the way, and we’re thrilled to help enable this breakthrough.”
“Northern Neck Electric Cooperative is proud to have been part of this critical regional initiative from the very beginning,” said President & CEO Brad Hicks. “Bridging the digital divide is a complex challenge and we have to think big.”
The $10.3 million grant from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative will support construction of a first phase of a regional fiber network that will bring internet service to approximately 5,000 unserved locations. A deployment timeframe and plans for the second phase of the regional project will be announced over the course of the first quarter.
Residents can visit https://fiber.allpointsbroadband.com to register their location and determine whether they are in the project’s first phase.
“Richmond County is extremely excited about the recent grant announcement, and continuing to work with our partners in bringing 100% broadband coverage to all of Richmond County. This initiative is probably the single most important project that the Richmond County Board of Supervisors has undertaken in recent years, and we continue to be very optimistic that our community will greatly benefit from this initiative,” stated Richmond County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Lee Sanders.
“Bringing Phase One this much closer to fruition is a testament to the hard work of our entire region, and the consistent support we’ve received from the Department of Housing and Community Development,” said Jerry W. Davis, Executive Director of the Northern Neck Planning District Commission. “We look forward to working with All Points, Dominion, and Northern Neck Electric Cooperative to achieve our vision of universal broadband.”
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About All Points Broadband
All Points Broadband empowers communities by bringing utility grade broadband to underserved markets, deploying fiber and state-of-the-art fixed-wireless technology to homes and businesses in communities throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky.
About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 20 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with more than $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. The company is committed to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.
About Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit, electric cooperative serving over 19,200 homes, farms and businesses in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George and Stafford Counties. Visit www.nnec.coop for more information about NNEC.