Central Virginia using tobacco settlement money for broadband

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Some of Virginia's "tobacco settlement" money has helped pay for broadband networks. "Broadband deployment is the commission's largest single economic development effort, with aggregate grants to date totaling over $86 million," according to its 2007 annual report. Fast Internet access, through a strong broadband network in rural areas, is a requirement for employers who may be thinking about relocating to the region or expanding their local operations, economic-development officials say.

Central Virginia benefiting from tobacco settlement money