Atlantic Broadband announces $7.2 million partnership
State grant will help expand broadband in four counties
Atlantic Broadband has announced a $7.2 million partnership to deliver broadband to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in Caroline, Mathews, Lancaster and Middlesex counties.
A $4.2 million grant from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative pays for the bulk of the project, with $1.5 million coming from Atlantic Broadband and the remaining $1.5 contributed by the four counties.
In March, Gov. Ralph Northam announced $20.1 million in grants to 17 localities as part of the broadband internet initiative, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The company’s 130-mile project is expected to take 18 months to complete, it said in its May 6 announcement. A timeline for construction and activation will be announced after contracts are formalized and design is complete, it said.
Based in Quincy, Massachusetts, Atlantic Broadband is a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. It provides internet, television and phone services to homes and businesses in 11 states, including Virginia.