MBC Presents Five $4,000 Scholarships to Deserving High School Seniors in the Network Footprint

South Boston, VA – May 27, 2014 – This year marked the third annual Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) scholarship program.  This program awards $4,000 scholarships to five deserving high school seniors attending one of the thirty-three high schools in the MBC footprint who are looking to further their education at a Virginia institute of higher education with the goal of receiving an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field.  This year, MBC received over 100 applications from astute high schools seniors attending these thirty-three high schools.

On Thursday, May 1st, Mid-Atlantic Broadband traveled to Magna Vista High School to present the first of five annual $4,000 scholarships to Mr. Michael Chavez.  During his high school career, Michael has been a member of the Scholastic Competition for Academic Excellence team and several school clubs, and attended Boys State, the Great Wolf Lodge Leadership Summit, and the VMI Honor Conference.  He is active in his church, participating as a leader in their Broadcast Student Ministry and on mission trips.  Michael attended the Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology his junior and senior years and will be graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Patrick Henry Community College upon graduation from high school.  He was also selected as a 2014 WDBJ7 Hometown Honors recipient.  After graduation, Michael plans to attend the University of Virginia to study Biomedical Engineering with a dream of becoming a doctor specializing in pathology.  He wishes to return to his hometown to practice medicine in order to give back to his community that has supported him throughout his high school years.

Ms. Jamie Hodnett, a Dan River High School senior, was awarded the second scholarship at the awards ceremony held at her high school on May 12th.  Throughout her high school years, Jamie attended the Regional Governor’s School for Agriculture, has shown and judged livestock, and has been involved in several school clubs, including serving as President of the DRHS FFA.  Jamie also served as Dan River’s student liaison to the Pittsylvania County School Board.  She is an active participant in her church, singing in the adult choir, helping with the children’s choir, and teaching AWANA.  Jamie plans to attend Virginia Tech after graduation to study Agronomy.  It is her passionate desire to use the education she will receive at Virginia Tech to dedicate herself to the agricultural industry by serving the farmers who produce America’s crops.

Ms. Makenna Jones, also a senior at Dan River High School, was presented the third scholarship on May 12th.  In high school, she has been very engaged in activities at her church, including an international mission trip to Peru, has been a member of the varsity tennis team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and various other clubs at Dan River High, has volunteered her time at a local pregnancy care center, and completed an internship in special education.  She is also a student at Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  Makenna will continue on the path of reaching her goal of becoming an occupational therapist by attending Virginia Tech in the fall, majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.  She wishes to use her knowledge in occupational therapy by helping children who are facing mental disabilities live less restrictively.

On May 16th, Ms. Jordan Moorefield, a Tunstall High School senior, was awarded the fourth scholarship.  During her time in high school, she has been a member of the THS varsity soccer and volleyball teams, served as Vice-President for the SCA and Interact Clubs, and was chosen by faculty to serve as Tunstall’s student liaison to the Pittsylvania County School Board.  This year, Jordan was a participant in the Junior Leadership Southside program through the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, she has volunteered over 400 hours of her time to the Danville Life Saving Crew, where she serves as the Captain of the DLSC Junior Division, and is currently pursuing Advanced EMT training.  Jordan will begin her studies in Biology this fall at the University of Virginia to kindle her vision of receiving a medical doctorate with a trauma focus.

The fifth scholarship was awarded to Ms. Lindsay Gerhardt, a Gretna High School senior, on May 20th.  She has been active in high school where she is involved in several school clubs, including serving as Chapter President and State Vice-President of the Beta Club, and has competed in cheerleading at Gretna High and dance with the Danville Academy of Dance.  Lindsay is also active in her church and her community, participating in many organizations, including giving of her time and talents as a nursing home activity leader and helping with canned food and book drives.  In 2013, she was named Miss Gretna High School and also attended the Broyhill Leadership Conference.  Lindsay is a student at Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Danville Community College upon graduation from high school. She will be majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise starting this fall at Virginia Tech to further her devout dream of becoming a pediatric physical therapist.

We would like to congratulate the 2014 MBC scholarship recipients and all applicants on their many accomplishments and wish them the best of luck as they further their education to fulfill their life goals.  MBC continues to reinvest in the communities we serve, and awarding these scholarships is one way we reinvest while encouraging STEM-related education in the region.


New Ethernet Network Will Help MBC Scale and Automate Mobile Backhaul and Business Services

Petaluma, CA – May 14, 2014 –Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a leading provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a wholesale fiber-optic open-access network transport provider, selected Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software along with Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms for its regional metro network upgrade to better serve the broadband, wholesale, and cloud connectivity needs of Wireless carriers and enterprises in Southern Virginia.

MBC is a non-profit organization that operates an open-access wholesale transport network that enables businesses to work with the communication provider of their choice to secure diverse network access. By delivering reliable high-speed broadband access across underserved communities, MBC enables local businesses across Southern Virginia to increase revenue and grow jobs.

“One of our core mission areas is to provide technology infrastructure that bridges the digital divide and creates opportunities for business growth and expansion,” said Tad Deriso, President and CEO of MBC. “Cyan is helping our region prosper by making sure we have the most advanced network technology available on the market. Not only is the Blue Planet software helping us deliver reliable carrier Ethernet access today, but it’s opening the door to new services that will drive economic growth for years to come.”

To meet the rapidly escalating bandwidth demands for wireless carrier tower sites and cloud connectivity for enterprise, MBC recently embarked on a network transformation project to address certain limitations with the existing regional SONET/TDM transport network. MBC required a solution that could scale with Mobile Backhaul, provide ease of network operations and configuration of 3rd party devices via SDN, and future-proof the network for next-generation Carrier Ethernet services. Additionally, as an open-access provider, it was important for MBC to onboard a Layer 2 solution that would not expose customer virtual local area network (VLAN) traffic.

MBC deployed Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms to provide optical scale and Ethernet services across their network. In addition, MBC deployed Blue Planet, an open SDN orchestration platform that enables network operators to simplify, manage and orchestrate multi-vendor networks to achieve end-to-end network control, service automation, and service agility. With Blue Planet, MBC can orchestrate multiple layers across the backhaul link to guarantee predictable packet services performance, high availability, and low latency. Among the first to fully comply with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) initiative, Cyan also will help MBC execute on future-looking plans to deliver new metro Ethernet services to customers in the coming years.

“The MBC network upgrade is a perfect example of how technology can be a true enabler of economic development in underserved regions,” said Michael Hatfield, President, Cyan. “Being a part of MBC’s network and seeing how they help deliver critical services to enterprise, wireless carriers, educational institutions, industrial parks, and healthcare facilities really brings to life the power of our software and hardware in collaboration with a carrier partner like MBC.”

About MBC

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to providing economic development leadership to southern Virginia. MBC promotes economic development in southern Virginia through the operation of a successful advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing.  Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit

About Cyan

Cyan enables network transformation. The company’s software-defined network (SDN) solutions deliver orchestration, agility, and scale to networks, that until now, have been static and hardware driven. Serving carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers globally, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable. Cyan solutions include the award-winning Blue Planet SDN software and Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at


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