On September 7, 2010, the US Department of Agriculture announced two broadband projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in rural Virginia. Scott County Telephone Cooperative will receive a $7.45 million loan and a $17.4 million grant to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure which will provide broadband access to 80 businesses, 16 community institutions, and approximately 12,000 residents. The Lenowisco Planning District Commission will receive a $6.06 million loan and a $14.16 million grant to build a fiber optic network in rural southwest Virginia. This project will result in broadband access for 1,550 businesses, 100 community institutions, and 42,000 residents. These grants are part of the second round of broadband funding available under the ARRA. All monies under this program are required to be allocated by September 30, 2010. More information about these projects may be found here.