Federally funded fiber projects nearing finish line for on-time and on-budget completion.
(South Boston, Virginia, March 5, 2013); Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is nearing the June 2013 finish line of two (2) fiber optic network expansion projects. These projects were funded in part by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This program received its funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, authorizing Federal grant investments to improve broadband access in unserved and underserved communities.
Over 560 miles of new fiber optic backbone and middle mile open-access networks have been built throughout 20 southern and southeastern Virginia counties. This enables private sector telecommunications providers to use the MBC network to reach these rural markets, and improve access to broadband services for these communities.
“MBC has successfully shown that public dollars can be invested wisely in long-term infrastructure projects that are sustainable and encourage private sector telecom providers to do what they do best,” says Tad Deriso, President and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Broadband. “Our open-access, advanced fiber optic network enables private sector telecom providers to offer retail Internet and connectivity services to their residential and business customers in the rural communities.”
MBC’s open-access network has been a major factor in companies investing and creating jobs in rural Virginia. Working in partnership with local and regional economic development officials, the MBC infrastructure provides another tool in their toolbox for helping to attract and retain businesses in the area.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband has been creating connections between technology and people to revitalize communities in Southern Virginia since 2004. By delivering high speed broadband access across underserved communities, MBC opens doors for businesses to locate operations across Southern Virginia with confidence they have reliable broadband access at any capacity level. MBC operates an open-access network that enables businesses to work with the communication provider of their choice to secure diverse network access. As a non-profit entity, MBC reinvests in community programs that support the primary mission of creating jobs by attracting new businesses to the region. For more information about Mid-Atlantic Broadband, please visit www.mbc-va.com.