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Seven regional fiber networks make up the LIT Networks partnership.

Citizens Telephone Cooperative

Citizens is a regional full-service communications provider offering land-line telephone, VoIP,  web and e-mail hosting, various Internet offerings including DSL, and Gigabit 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 Point Broadband to provide high-capacity optical transport services that are necessary to assist in the economic revitalization efforts of Southwest and Southern Virginia.

ERC Broadband

ERC provides fast, reliable, and secure fiber-based network services across the education, healthcare, government, and economic development communities, with a vision to increase the adoption of new technology.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband

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 is a member-owned cooperative founded in 2009 and operating over 1,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure from its headquarters in Clarkesville, Ga. NGN’s state-of-the-art, low-latency digital optical network serves solutions to carriers, service providers, and technology‐reliant businesses and organizations across the Southeast. NGN is unlike most telecommunications corporations, as it is a corporation of cooperatives, owned by its members including Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC), Blue Ridge Mountain Electrical Membership Corporation (BRMEMC), and NGN Connect.

Point Broadband

Point Broadband offers fast, reliable internet service to residential and business customers in rural and suburban America. We’ve made significant investments building state-of-the-art broadband networks, utilizing both fiber-to-the-premises and fiber-fed fixed wireless technologies, to better serve areas that, until now, have had limited or no internet service. We want to earn your business by providing you with an advanced, yet simple internet solution and backing that up with great customer service and a commitment to strong community involvement in the markets that we serve.

RidgeLink, LLC

RidgeLink, LLC, a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Energy, Lenoir, NC, is a dark fiber provider offering local, middle and long haul fiber for lease or IRU.  We offer collocation facilities along our routes.  RidgeLink, LLC also offers both macro and small cell collocation and construction to the major carriers.

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, 15 square miles in Wise and Dickenson Counties, 437 square miles in Lee County VA, and over 600 square miles in the Tennessee Counties of Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Union and Claiborne. 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.