Pittsylvania County, RiverStreet commit to expanding reliable internet

Southside Virginia News

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to discuss various items — including the issue of slow internet in the region.

During the meeting, Pittsylvania County and RiverStreet Networks said they are “jointly committed to creating an extensive fiber-to-the-home network that reaches almost every home in the county.”

(Image courtesy of Amanda Lee/WFXR News).

At the meeting, Chairman Bob Warren, School Board Chairman Sam Burton, and RiverStreet CEO Eric Cramer signed a memorandum of understanding that agreed to leverage all possible funding opportunities to continue to expand fiber access across Pittsylvania County.

The first phase of the project commits a combined $16.5 million to a $75,696,939 fiber-to-the-home project.

RiverStreet Networks is also providing $19.6 million to the project.

The remaining $39.5 million is expected to be funded through a grant from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Within approximately three years, RiverStreet Networks is planning to pass 11,985 unserved places — as defined by the FCC, with this fiber network.

“This will touch everyone’s life, ultimately in this county,” Warren said during his speech. “It will make us more competitive for economic development, it will add a tremendous benefit to our students in their learning abilities and it will help them to be more competitive.”

Additional funding opportunities are being sought to expand the number of unserved homes that can be passed with this fiber network.

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