Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the state will invest $ 700 million, or just under $ 600 million, to achieve universal broadband by 2024. The new investment will provide an Internet connection four years earlier than the governor had originally planned.
The pandemic has dramatically affected school and work attendance. Indeed, many politicians have relaunched plans to bring Internet access to everyone. According to Northam, more than 223,000 Virginia homes and companies have to cope without an Internet connection.
According to Northam, it is time to make internet access mandatory, as it is in modern society. The pandemic has confirmed the importance of broadband in many areas of life. A meeting will be held in Virginia on August 2 to decide how the money will be spent.
Senator Mark Warner praised the placement at a press conference and promised lawmakers would work with the governor to take the plan forward. According to Warner, the broadband connections in question are fast enough for Zoom video calling, for example.
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