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LCBA Wins VATI Grant
The Lancaster County Broadband Authority (LCBA) is pleased to announce that it has received a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant. The VATI program pairs local government and private sector interests to build out broadband infrastructure in areas where high costs of construction and low population density make line expansion economically impractical. Lancaster applied for this grant in August of 2020 and joined with Middlesex, Mathews and Caroline Counties to make a more competitive regional grant application. The total grant amount is $4,201,234. Breezeline (formerly Atlantic Broadband) is LCBA's private sector partner that will do the construction and ultimately provide service in the four counties.
The VATI grant in Lancaster will fund laying cable/fiber to serve areas of the southeastern portion of the County. Construction schedules and other details of the VATI projects in all four Counties are being developed. LCBA will keep the public informed as work progresses for Lancaster County. Meanwhile, both the LCBA and Breezeline will be reaching out to prospective subscribers along the proposed new cable/fiber routes. Watch your mailbox for more information. In addition, LCBA encourages public attendance at its bi-weekly meetings. Click here and scroll through the PDF to view Lancaster County areas covered by the VATI Grant.
This is an 18-month project. Breezeline is developing the project management plan and LCBA will require reports and meetings to discuss progress and will be visiting sites once construction begins to verify the identified work phases are completed. This is a four-county project. Work will proceed at different paces throughout the project