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Mathews broadband group seeks grant

The Mathews County Broadband Advisory Board, meeting virtually on Tuesday, voted to proceed with an application for a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in cooperation with Atlantic Broadband and Middlesex, Lancaster and Caroline counties.

The board is working out the details, chairman Judy Rowe said, and does not yet have specific information on how many residents or what areas of Mathews might be impacted by the grant.

Carol Steele, Assistant County Administrator for Gloucester, said VATI grants don’t allow funding for any project that has greater than 10 percent broadband service overlap in the project area. However, she said that small adjustments are possible. She said that a “served” area is one in which service already exists or is available without additional cost.

Steele said that it’s “a huge asset” for Mathews that Atlantic Broadband has provided the board with a coverage map of the county,...

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