Virginia



State broadband website(s):

Virginia’s Broadband Chief Broadband Advisor, Evan Feinman, serves as Virginia's single point of contact and integration for broadband issues, efforts, and initiatives and to increase the availability and affordability of broadband throughout all regions of the Commonwealth. 

State broadband contact(s):

Virginia has a number of programs. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade Office coordinates the Commonwealth’s efforts to connect all regions of the Commonwealth. The Center for Innovative Technology also receives funding from the state to accelerate Virginia’s socio-economic growth through the application and use of broadband technology. Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) receives funding from the state to provide broadband planning and infrastructure grants. Finally, the Broadband Advisory Council advises the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth.

State broadband coordinator:

Virginia’s Broadband Chief Broadband Advisor, Evan Feinman, serves as Virginia's single point of contact and integration for broadband issues, efforts, and initiatives and to increase the availability and affordability of broadband throughout all regions of the Commonwealth. 

Broadband programs:

Virginia has a number of programs. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade Office coordinates the Commonwealth’s efforts to connect all regions of the Commonwealth. The Center for Innovative Technology also receives funding from the state to accelerate Virginia’s socio-economic growth through the application and use of broadband technology. Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) receives funding from the state to provide broadband planning and infrastructure grants. Finally, the Broadband Advisory Council advises the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth.

Funding for broadband:

Center for Innovative Technology receives $1.1 million on a two-year (biennial) budget cycle - $550,000 for the first year and $550,000 for the second year. Department of Housing and Community Development receives $8 million on a two-year (biennial) budget cycle - $4 million the first year and $4 million the second year for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative. The funds can be used for providing financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider. Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission receives funding from the Master Settlement Agreement through the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund.

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publically available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Summer 2018. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.