Franklin County Awarded Virginia Telecommunications Initiative Grant

Franklin County was one of 17 localities to earn a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grant, as announced by Gov. Ralph Northam.

The $1,107,700 grant for Franklin County and Briscnet will construct a fixed wireless network in multiple locations throughout the County. The project will provide broadband access to 1,996 serviceable units.

“Quality broadband service is key to growing our economy, and learning, competing, and succeeding in today’s digital world,” Governor Northam said. “This funding will have an enormous impact on thousands on unserved Virginians and bring us closer to our goal of every community in our Commonwealth having access to high-speed internet.”

Projects were selected through a competitive process that evaluated each project for demonstrated need and benefit for the community, applicant readiness and capacity, and the cost and leverage of the proposed project. The level of funding awarded is based on the infrastructure needs in the project area.

Learn more about the grant process and other awardees here.