Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Completes Outside Construction

  • The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA)
ROANOKE, VA — The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) announced that 47 miles of new, high quality, fiber-optic broadband cable is now buried beneath the cities of Roanoke and Salem, Virginia. RVBA vendor partners Thompson & Litton and Utility Service Contractors (USC) completed the outdoor plant construction in April 2016 at the Valley View point-of-presence (POP) location. The completion of the new network's outside plant marks a major milestone for the public-private partnership's regional investment.

The project, which broke ground last summer, was designed to spur regional economic development by increasing access to extremely secure, high-speed, affordable, and un-throttled fiber Internet service. The new conduit network has been threaded with 144 threads of fiber optic line, each thread capable of delivering secure, private, terabit-level upload and download connections for future RVBA customers.

New Benefits to Enterprise-level Clients
It is anticipated that the new highly resilient, synchronous, and self-healing system will provide tremendous benefit to enterprise-level clients (corporate, government, and education) across the region. The new open-access network has also been designed to spur additional private sector telecommunications investment by lowering the barriers of entry required to deliver competitive services in the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke Valley Now Connected to Two Switching Stations
The new network, built on defense-grade equipment, directly connects the Roanoke Valley to two international Internet switching stations. Now that construction of the outside plant is complete, local project teams will spend the next few weeks stress-testing the system and configuring the switching centers for an official service lighting event later this spring.

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