Affordable broadband coming to more of Virginia

Governor Youngkin announced yesterday, Friday, September 1st,  the release of his plans for closing the digital divide.

The plans outline the strategies for connecting Virginians to high-speed, affordable broadband.

It will allow Virginia to access its $1.48 billion federal allocation to deploy high-speed internet to areas without broadband.

The 5-Year Plan falls under the Federal Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.

These funds will be prioritized to reach the unserved homes, businesses and community anchors in the Commonwealth that do not yet have broadband. 

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VA. to receive $220 million for broadband expansion

Mark Warner announced that Virginia will receive $220 million for broadband expansion.

The funds are from the American Rescue Plan including $10 billion secured by Warner to help states with broadband service.

The funds will not only bring broadband to areas in need but will also make the service more affordable.

Broadband is critical to help states carry out needed capital projects, enable telework, online education and tele-health.

With broadband across the Commonwealth households will have access to faster and more efficient high speed internet.

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Checkpoint Strikeforce has begun in Virginia

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The 20th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement campaign has begun in Virginia.

As of August 20 and lasting through Labor Day weekend with the effort resuming throughout the 2021 winter holiday seasons.

Law enforcement across the Commonwealth will step up efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Last year during Labor Day weekend Troopers arrested 55 drunk drivers and processed over 14,000 people convicted of DUI in 2020.

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DMV opens more appointment opportunities

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will open more windows at their customer service centers beginning June 1.

This creates over 180,000 additional appointment opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Customers can begin scheduling these new appointments this week.

Additional windows will open in stages June 1-15 and in July as DMV continues to hire and train new employees expanding appointment opportunities.

Adding to the more than 530,000 appointments already scheduled over the next three months.

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Gov. Northam allocates $6.3 million for 15 projects

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Gov. Northam announced an allocation of more than $6.3 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia grants.

The monies will help the Commonwealth continue addressing the economic impact of the pandemic.

The funding is set to support 15 projects in the state.

Those projects include $821,000 to be shared by Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Rockingham Counties to advance 6 sites for new or expanding businesses.

Over $60,000 will be shared between Page with the cities of Harrisonburg and Roanoke to support farmers, local producers and distributors impacted by COVID-19.

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