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Meeting set on broadband Internet for Ewing, Rose Hill

Staff report • May 19, 2007 at 12:21 PM

ROSE HILL - A community informational meeting about the "Connect Rose Hill" and "Connect Ewing" broadband Internet projects is planned for Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Rose Hill Apartments clubhouse.

Rose Hill and Ewing residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the meeting, where information about the in-home installation process for high-speed Internet will be provided.

The Connect Rose Hill project is bringing high-speed Internet access to Rose Hill Elementary School, the Rose Hill Library, and Rose Hill homes and businesses. In addition, a Rose Hill Web site will be launched June 11 at www.rosehillvirginia.org.

The Connect Ewing project is bringing high-speed Internet to Ewing Elementary, Western Lee Health Clinic, and Ewing homes and businesses. A community computer center will also be established in Ewing as part of the Connect Ewing project. Lonesome Pine Regional Library will operate the center.

As part of the Connect Rose Hill project, the construction of the new wing onto the Rose Hill Library is complete. The new wing houses a 10-station computer center. Once the facility is hooked up to the regional broadband Internet system, the Lenowisco Regional Area Network, the library's new computer center will provide free access to high-speed Internet and offer free computer and Internet training workshops. A grand opening event for the new computer center will be held June 11.

"When the Rose Hill Library's new computer center opens, we will expand the library's operating hours to 40 hours each week, including some evening and weekend hours," said Amy Bond, executive director of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service's Community Connect Broadband Program is providing the primary financial support to Lenowisco Inc. for the Rose Hill and Ewing projects.

USDA Community Connect grants are providing $506,048 for the Rose Hill project and $454,448 for the Connect Ewing project.

Additional funding for these two projects and other regional broadband expansion is being provided by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission. The C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Lee County, Lonesome Pine Regional Library, and Lee County Community Foundation provided further financial support for the Rose Hill Library project.

For more information go to Sunset Digital Communications' Web site at www.sunsetcom.net or call Sunset Digital Communications' offices in Duffield at (276)431-7200 or call Joan Porter at Appalachian Resources LLC at (276)445-4600.

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