ROSE HILL - A community informational meeting about the "Connect Rose Hill" and "Connect Ewing" broadband Internet projects is planned for March 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Rose Hill Apartments Clubhouse. Rose Hill and Ewing residents and business owners are encouraged to attend, as information about the upcoming availability of high-speed Internet will be provided at the meeting.
As part of the Connect Rose Hill project, a new wing onto the Rose Hill Library has been constructed. The new wing houses a 10-station computer center, and 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.
"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.
Project leaders are planning a grand opening event for the new computer center in May.
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. A Rose Hill Web site is also being developed as part of the project. The Rose Hill Web site will include a business directory, church directory and information on area attractions, educational opportunities, and area history and heritage.
The Web site will be located 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 project. Lonesome Pine Regional Library will operate the center.
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 Connect 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, and the Lonesome Pine Regional Library provided further financial support for the Rose Hill Library expansion 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.