Franklin County has approved agreements to utilize grant funding awards from Virginia’s Telecommunication Grant Initiative (VATI) program for two new projects to bring broadband to the much of the remaining unserved areas of Franklin County. The County received notice earlier this year that it was awarded over $17.7 million in funding through the VATI grant program. The VATI Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is intended to extend broadband service to currently unserved and underserved areas of Virginia. VATI prepares communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure with the goal of creating strong, competitive communities. The County plans to invest up to $7.7 million of County funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into these projects over 24-36 months. In addition to these state and local funds, investment of nearly $24 million will come from the private partners and other grant funding. View full press release here.