It’s a monumental day for Bedford County as they break ground on a new broadband tower Wednesday morning in Big Island.
“You could almost make the equation that is as important as electrifying Bedford County or America, for that matter, in its’ heyday,” said Robert Hiss, Bedford County administrator.
“We are now providing internet service just as electricity was being provided to households.”
The county has partnered with Blue Ridge Towers and Briscnet to make the project happen, and the goal is to have 95 percent of Bedford residents linked up to Internet by 2020.
Ten new towers and 21 miles of fiber optic cable will be used to laid down until the end of the year.
The $3.5 million project will strategically place the ten towers around the county in areas like Big Island, Boonsboro, Wheats Valley, Huddleston, McGhee Road, Moneta, Hardy, Dumpling Mountain, and Shady Grove.
Hiss says it’s a win for the entire community.
“This is a new day in Bedford County,” said Hiss.
“This is something that’s been worked on for nearly a decade, and we’re very quickly coming into a culmination of hard work from citizens and interested parties.”
Construction is expected to last until October, and Hiss says they hope to start subscribing residents to Internet services by the end of the year.
The groundbreaking ceremony starts at 10:30 Wednesday morning at Big Island Elementary School.