- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal grant program aimed at delivering high-speed broadband to rural America is bringing connectivity to an unserved area in southwest Virginia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling $2.1 million is going to the Scott County Telephone Cooperative. It will be used to build a broadband network with one gigabyte of bandwidth for 540 locations in Dickenson County.

The funding is aimed at Edwards Ridge and the surrounding area.

The co-called community connect grants are aimed at rural areas that do not have broadband service.

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