On June 12, Franklin County received a $650,000 grant to assist with installation of approximately 30 miles of new optical fiber for high-speed internet service. The grant is from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission’s Last Mile Broadband Program.

“This is a positive step in the right direction for Franklin County as the board is committed to further broadband expansion to its citizens,” said Cline Brubaker, chairman of Franklin County’s board of supervisors.

The county’s Broadband Authority will partner with Shentel to provide last-mile fiber to unserved and underserved residential areas. Those areas will be announced at a later date. These extensions are expected to make broadband internet service available to approximately 460 homes.

Shentel plans to invest $820,000 in the expansion, and provide customers with up to 1 gigabyte per second speed service. Shentel provides cable, phone and internet service in western and central Virginia.

The Shentel fiber extension project is expected to begin later this year.

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