Stimulus award will help nTelos provide broadband in Alleghany Highlands
- February 12, 2010
nTelos Holding Corp. in Waynesboro announced today that it will accept a $16 million federal broadband stimulus award to bring wireless infrastructure and services to unserved or underserved communities in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. The award requires the company to provide an $8 million match.
According to Frank Berry, president of nTelos Wireline, the Alleghany Now Broadband Initiative will bring high-speed fiber optics to more than 4,000 homes, 233 businesses and 36 community institutions. The initiative is expected to directly employ over 40 people and to create more than 100 jobs.
David Kleppinger, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corp., praised nTelos in a statement. “Ntelos stepped boldly forward and successfully obtained the grant and loan funds necessary to build a last-mile fiber network … This infrastructure is absolutely critical to the economic future of the Alleghany Highlands.” The proposed service area serves a population of 9,200. While some homes and businesses have access to broadband, the initiative will enable faster, more cost-effective and secure communications.