MBC is a not-for-profit entity created to drive economic development in Southern Virginia. MBC takes seriously our role of corporate citizen. Throughscholarships, sponsorships, and partnerships, MBC continually invests in community and economic development by strengthening and empowering students and non-profit organizations across Southern Virginia.
The SOVA Innovation Hub, a non-profit organization and state-of-the art facility in South Boston, is a partnership between MBC and Microsoft created to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia.
MBC gives $5,000 each year to the four community colleges in the MBC footprint: Central Virginia Community College, Danville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College. This money provides opportunities to students who are furthering their education in STEM fields through scholarships and Patrick Henry Community College’s new eSports gaming team.
MBC sponsors school robotics teams in Southern Virginia that compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) program, which includes students in grades 9-12 and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program, which includes students in grades 7-12. The yearly MBC sponsorship covers the cost of the kit of parts and district event registrations for these teams.
MBC is committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia by operating a 1,900-route mile open-access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport, dark fiber and colocation services. With presence in major internet peering exchange points, MBC reduces the cost of Internet access for wholesale customers and reduces the time and cost to reach customers in rural Virginia markets. MBC’s network supports job creation as a critical element in the recruitment of major commercial investments.