The Cumberland Plateau Regional Opportunity Program (CProp) reinvests programrevenues from the CPC’s partnership with Point Broadband to support economic andcommunity development efforts in the planning district’s four counties and twelve towns.Preference will be given to projects and activities that are linked to the Cumberland PlateauPlanning District Commission’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) andto other regional, state and federal economic development plans, initiatives and programs.Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Industrial site/park development• Broadband and wireless infrastructure expansion and upgrade projects• Downtown revitalization projects• Asset-based development projects such as trails, trailheads, welcome centers, museums, andother tourism-related activities• Other activities that support economic diversification in the regionFunding cycles are intermittent, and the CPC’s 16 local governments are the only eligibleapplicants.
The CProp program is made possible by revenues generated from the regional broadband infrastructure system that was funded in the early 2000s by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. The CPC’s private partner in the system, PointBroadband, operates and maintains the network.
Recent Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) awards totaling more than $53 million to the CPC will result in universal broadband coverage within the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell by the end of 2024. These efforts will impact homes and businesses that are currently unserved or underserved by high- speed internet.
Point Broadband is actively expanding residential broadband service in the CPC footprint. The company’s fiber-to-the-premises network offers residential service speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Business class packages are also available. Those interested in fiber broadband service should contact Point Broadband at 844-407-6468, or visit www.point-broadband.com and use the check availability tool to explore serviceoptions.
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