Bristol Virginia Utilities – OptiNet
BVU OptiNet is a nonprofit division of Bristol Virginia Utilities, launched in 2001, that provides telecommunications services to approximately 11,500 customers in Southwest Virginia. OptiNet is known for its pioneering work in the area of municipal broadband throughout the area. BVU is acknowledged as the first municipal utility in the United States to deploy an all-fiber network offering the triple play of video, voice and data services. Offering digital cable, telephone service and high-speed internet from a remote-area utility provider makes BVU exceptional, even on a global level.
Citizens Telephone Cooperative
Citizens is a regional full service communications provider offering land-line telephone, VoIP, IPTV Video, web and e-mail hosting, DSL, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premise: Business Ethernet and FTTH, Fiber to the Home), serving 7 counties in Southwest Virginia.
Additionally, Citizens operates a 448 route mile advanced open access fiber network in 10 Virginia counties and two (2) cities including nearly 30 industrial parks. On this Open Access Network, Citizens provides wholesale transport and Internet bandwidth to a variety of service providers. Citizens is partnering with other open access networks in Virginia like Mid Atlantic Broadband (MBC) and Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) to provide high-capacity optical transport services that are necessary to assist in the economic revitalization efforts of Southwest and Southern Virginia.
EVP Business Development
Operational since 2003, the non-profit ERC provides fiber-optic based services over its 800+ mile network across western North Carolina. We offer fast, reliable and secure network services to organizations in single or across multiple locations. The ERC is regionally focused to support the areas of education, healthcare, government services, and economic development. Our goal is to not only expand infrastructure throughout the mountains, but also promote the adoption of new technologies in order to advance the growth of the broader community.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (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.
MBC works with over 45 carriers today providing wholesale transport services to unserved regions of southern Virginia. MBC has built a robust, scalable network that extends into the largest internet peering and interconnection exchanges in the US. As managing member of LIT Networks, MBC ensures that LIT Networks and its members have carrier class network access to the world.
NGN operates over 1,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure from its headquarters in Clarkesville, Ga. Its state-of-the-art, low-latency digital optical network serves solutions to technology‐reliant businesses and organizations across the Southeast. NGN is a member-owned cooperative, a member of FISPA, and actively helps utilities expand broadband services.
RidgeLink’s fiber communication services bring smart solutions and competitive pricing into our service territory. We offer network services and co-location space in and around our coverage area in Western North Carolina.
RidgeLink, LLC, is a limited liability company formed to help Blue Ridge Electric provide value to its membership by more fully utilizing the fiber optic system the cooperative has put in place for its electric system. RidgeLink is a telecommunication service currently available to business applications only and has been granted a certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity by the North Carolina Utilities Commission to serve as a Competitive Local Provider (CLP).
Scott County Telephone Cooperative
Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) is a 501(c) (12) non-profit organization, was Chartered by the State Corporation Commission on September 10, 1951 to serve 420.2 square miles of Scott County, Virginia and 15.4 square miles of Hancock County, Tennessee with dial-tone service. Today, SCTC’s service area includes an additional 125 square miles in Scott County, 110 square miles in Russell County and 15 square miles in Wise and Dickenson County. SCTC’s services have been upgraded to provide IP dial-tone, video and broadband services along with long-distance service. The SCTC Board of Director’s vision is to promote economic development by providing high-capacity (400 Gig) optical access and transport to the world along with providing enhanced broadband services that will improve the quality of life in Southwest Virginia.
SCTC has been able to bring its high-capacity fiber optic network to 385 business customers, 2,932 broadband customers, 3,350 IP video customers, 5,600 IP dial-tone customers, and 1,428 cable customers. SCTC’s present expansion plans will pass an additional 5,000 customers, including 100 new business customers. SCTC’s high-capacity optical transport network extends to the Tri-Cities in East Tennessee to locations in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City.