Kaine announces $1 million grant to expand broadband in Northampton

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Northampton County will receive $1 million in federal stimulus funds to expand broadband, creating 20 jobs.

The money, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will fund Phase IV of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Buildout.

“Today we are announcing an important project on Virginia’s Eastern Shore that will not only bring critical broadband infrastructure to the area, but will also create 20 new jobs as a result of the Recovery Act,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. “Broadband access is an important tool in the development and recruitment of business and I am confident that this grant will pay dividends in the short term and for years to come.”

The project will bring a broadband network to the towns of Nassawadox, Exmore, Willis Wharf and Belle Haven. The connectivity will include major health-care facilities, such as the Shore Memorial Hospital, Shore Cancer Center and Eastern Shore Rural Health.

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