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Governor Ralph Northam announces broadband advisors to research internet access

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Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 6:22 PM EDT
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Many rural Virginians don’t have access to broadband internet, and now Governor Ralph Northam has appointed two people as broadband advisors to get 100% access throughout the commonwealth.

He held the announcement at the Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire Department, which does not have access to broadband internet.

The governor says he wants the entire state to have broadband access as soon as possible.

“In 2018, if you don’t have access to the internet your hands are tied," says Governor Ralph Northam.

Governor Ralph Northam says it’s a major problem that many areas of Virginia don’t have access to broadband internet.

That’s why he has appointed these two individuals as the Chief Broadband Advisor and Deputy Broadband Advisor.

They will look for grant funding, work with co-ops, and the private sector to find ways for all Virginians to have internet access.

“We have increased funding through our budget this year, which is a bipartisan budget which I think is good for all over Virginia. We also have put more funding toward broadband from our tobacco commission," says Governor Northam.

His goal is for all Virginians to have access to internet in the next decade, if not sooner.

“I have three and a half years left in my term and we’re gonna work very hard and if we can get it done before ten years I think that would be in everybody’s best interest in Virginia, so that’s what we’re going to try to do," says Governor Northam.

Governor Ralph Northam says part of the reason why many Virginians don’t have access to the internet is because it’s expensive.

He says that’s one of the things these new broadband advisors will be looking into.