Sunset Digital Communications to Expand Broadband in Southwest Virginia

  • Sunset Digital Communications
  • Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA)
DUFFIELD, VA — Thanks to a new loan from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), Sunset Digital Communications, which has been providing fiber to the home for thousands in rural Southwest Virginia and Tennessee, will be able to deploy broadband to hundreds more. The company just closed on a $450,000 loan with VCEDA to expand its network in its Virginia territory that includes Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton.

“Bringing broadband to rural areas can be a significant boost to the economy,” explains Sunset Digital President Paul Elswick. “We’ll create jobs through the additional staff we will hire to install the lines, but also when residents in rural areas have high-speed internet, it opens up a new world for them through access to education, work-from-home possibilities and more. It’s really the great equalizer for many in rural areas.”

VCEDA is a regional economic development organization created by Virginia’s General Assembly to enhance and diversify the economic base of the seven-county, one city, coal-producing region in Southwest Virginia. The region includes Lee, Wise, Scott, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell and Dickenson Counties and the city of Norton.

Virginia’s e-Region
“We promote this area as Virginia’s e-Region, with a focus on electronic information technology, energy, education and emerging technologies,” says Ron McCall, VCEDA Chairman. “Sunset’s plans to connect more residents and businesses to high-speed internet further enhance our region’s electronic attractiveness to new and expanded businesses to make the decision to locate here.”

McCall says VCEDA has approved more than $4 million in funding to help develop the comprehensive broadband and wireless networks in the region. VCEDA is able to issue these low-interest loans through a portion of the taxes paid by the coal and natural gas industries. Financing is based in part upon the number of new jobs being created, amount of private investment and wage rates that will be offered by the company receiving the loan.

As far as a timeline for customers to be connected, Elswick says his company will get to work soon as they already have hundreds of people on the waiting list in Virginia. “It’s not a simple matter of flipping a switch,” Elswick says. “Lines have to be built to their homes from the existing backbone. But we’ve been doing that for more than a decade and will work efficiently and quickly to get customers connected as soon as we can.”

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