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eCorridors - enhancing communities with the speed of light
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A major component of the eCorridors approach is widespread deployment of fiber-optic backbone infrastructure paired with an array of broadband last-mile technologies to every community that enable every citizen and business to be not just consumers, but producers of network content and services. Such a "producer network" infrastructure will create a level playing field for Virginia communities to participate in the global, ecommerce marketplace and to leverage opportunities for greater quality of life, healthcare, and educational enhancement. There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the technologies, business case, or applications that will prove most successful for individual communities. Rather, each community must be the driver for the development of a suite of solutions that fits their geography, areas of economic emphasis, and interests of its citizens most appropriately. eCorridors exists to facilitate a dialog among Virginia municipalities and private sector providers to discover mutual interests and innovative means of collaborating to achieve common goals. The overall objective is to ensure that the state of Virginia remains positioned as a technology leader for its businesses and its citizens now and in the future.
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eDan
The Future of the Piedmont Foundation has engaged Virginia Tech in a visionary project which is focused on installing a leading edge telecommunications network that will serve as a prototype for communities across the state and beyond. Dubbed "eDan," the Dan River Region will be among the first communities in the country to implement a unique design of the Next Generation Internet. Emerging Internet applications assume the availability of high capacity, high speed communication channels from and to all users at affordable costs.
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LENOWISCO PDC
LENOWISCO proposes to put the world’s most advanced communications infrastructure within reach of every business and citizen in the LENOWISCO area within 10 years. The overriding goal of the program is to act as a catalyst in creating substantial economic, educational and health care improvement opportunities for citizens of the region and competitive advantage for its businesses through the development of extremely high speed, reliable network infrastructure at a fraction of currently available prices. This infrastructure will be private sector based as a means of ensuring its sustainability and economic viability, and will enable the emergence of the newly developing communications and network industry in southwest Virginia. This new industry, in its infancy, combines leading edge optical technologies with very high capacity wireless networks and advanced features of the Internet protocol to enable an extraordinary advantage in cost and communications power.
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New River Valley PDC
The lack of available and affordable advanced telecommunication capacity and services in the NRV is the greatest barrier to the regions future social and economic well-being. As part of the strategy to promote economic development, educational and occupational opportunity, and health and safety initiatives in the New River Valley, the NRVPDC is leading an initiative to, design and deploy a public regional fiber optic network consisting of inter-county, intra-county, and local access points. Access to affordable advanced telecommunication infrastructure and services throughout the region is expected to create an economic engine for the New River Valley. The goal of this project is to attract and retain employers and employees, grow higher educational opportunities, support entrepreneurial spirit, foster community connectivity, improve emergency response and generally enhance the quality of life in the New River Valley region.
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Bristol Virginia Utilities Board (BVUB)
The Bristol Virginia Utilities BVU offers phone, cable and high-speed Internet services over a state-of-the-art fiber-optic system they call “Zoomnet”. Competitive rates, one easy-to-read monthly bill, local customer service and local technical support available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.
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nDanville
The City of Danville is constructing Network Danville (“nDanville” for short), a sophisticated fiber optic broadband network over which digital data, voice, and video signals can be transmitted from point to point in Danville at very high speeds, as well as to and from world­wide locations via the internet. Construction will be completed by the end of the summer. The municipal area network is an­chored at the eDan Mul­timedia Service Access Point (MSAP) located at the Galileo Magnet High School at 230 South Ridge Street. nDanville will con­nect there to MCI’s high-tier national internet backbone. Fiber optic cables will radiate from the MSAP to schools, munici­pal buildings and facili­ties, and utility infra­structure components at approximately 100 loca­tions over a 70-mile route. nDanville will share cabling with the Future of the Piedmont’s “eDan” to the north and with the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Coalition’s “e58” to the east and west.
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Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, Inc.
On June 18th, 2004, Virginia's Governor, Senators and other officials formally introduced the Southside Virginia's RBI-a powerful, long-term economic revitalization initiative to promote economic development opportunities, attract technology-based industries and create new jobs. The RBI will provide an advanced telecommunications infrastructure that will span over 700 miles, connect four cities, 20 counties and 56 industrial parks while providing high-speed Internet access to nearly 700,000 citizens and over 19,000 businesses. The project will also be integrated into a larger fiber-optic system across the state. The initiative stems from a unique collaboration between the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce–Economic Development Administration and a non-profit organization. Together we will plant a seed of promise for the future of Southside Virginia.
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Electronic Village of Abingdon
The mission of EVA is to use electronic technologies to improve the quality of life within its Abingdon and Washington County service area.
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Shenandoah Broadband Project
The Town of Shenandoah, through a Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant from the Rural Utility Service, is now offering high-speed wireless internet to the community at very competitive rates.
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Town of Independence Fiber Network
In November 2002, the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission began the first Broadband Initiative project in the district. This project is designed to bring high-speed broadband telecommunications to the Town of Independence. With this project, a fiber backbone will be constructed from the Grayson County Industrial Park on the east end of town, along Highway 58 to the Old Michelin Plant (now owned by Nautilus/Bowflex) on the west end, as well as up Rainbow Circle to serve the new hotel, McAllister Mills, and Darco Southern. A stretch of fiber will also be strung to the Nautilus facility on Powerhouse Road, along Highway 21 north one quarter of a mile, and south on Highway 21 to the nursing home facility. With this coverage, the major industrial users as well as health care providers, educational facilities, government agencies, and local businesses will be connected to the Town's network via fiber or wireless 5.2 GHz radio.
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City of Manassas Broadband over Power Line (BPL)
Communications Technology , Inc (COMTek), in conjunction with the City of Manassas made Broadband over Power Line (BPL) high-speed Internet service available in the City of Manassas – the first large scale commercial BPL deployment in North America.
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Town of Grundy
The Grundy Wireless Network employs the very latest in wireless technology, commonly known as pre-WiMAX, for the delivery of affordable high-speed wireless Internet access to residents and businesses within a community. With the August 26, 2004 launch, The Town of Grundy becomes the first community in Virginia to deploy wireless broadband services to its businesses and residents using the new pre-WiMAX technology.
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Virginia Broadband, LLC (VABB)
Virginia Broadband, LLC (a.k.a. VABB) is deploying one of the largest Fully Secured and Robust Wireless Broadband Networks in the USA - spanning from Culpeper County to the tip of Virginia's eastern peninsulas, with rapid expansion throughout the state.
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Bland County Wireless
On May 16th Bland County became the first community in Southwest Virginia and only the third in Virginia, to launch a free wireless network. The town of Bland became the hub of a Mesh Network, considered to be the industry’s most sophisticated and intelligent Wi-Fi system. Subsequent phases of the project will carry the wireless network to the rest of the county in the near future.
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Rose Hill Broadband
More than $500,000 in federal grant funding is being provided at Boucher's request for the establishment of high-speed broadband services in the Rose Hill community of Lee County. The federal funds will be used to deploy fiber optic lines across the "last mile" to approximately 40 homes and 10 businesses. The lines will be installed along the Daniel Boone Trail from Martins Creek to Indian Creek and along the new fourlane crossing at U.S. Route 58 in Rose Hill. In addition, new computer workstations will be purchased and installed at the Rose Hill Public Library public Internet access site.

Taken from Congressman Rick Boucher's Annual Congressional Activities Report for 2005

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Duffield Fiber Optic Network
The Duffield Fiber Optic Network in Scott County has been launched, and high-speed broadband services were made available in 2005 to the homes and businesses of Duffield, Thomas Village and Duffield Industrial Park. In addition, a new public Internet access site has been established at Duffield's Pioneer Center. 10 computer workstations are now available for use without charge for Scott County residents.

Taken from Congressman Rick Boucher's Annual Congressional Activities Report for 2005

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Nickelsville Broadband
Work began earlier this year to establish access to high-speed Internet and other broadband services for the Nickelsville community in Scott County. The construction work is being performed by the Scott County Telephone Cooperative and is supported by a nearly $600,000 federal grant which Boucher hleped to secure for the project.

Taken from Congressman Rick Boucher's Annual Congressional Activities Report for 2005

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Cumberland Plateau Fiber Optic Backbone
Construction is now complete for the first phase of the Cumberland Plateau fiber optic backbone, which stretches from Abingdon along Route 19 and 460 to the small business incubator in Richlands. Businesses and government offices which are located within 1,000 feet of the backbone's path are eligible to be connected for high-speed Internet services. The high speed data service enabled by the backbone was a major asset in Russell County's successful effort to attract more than 700 technology-based jobs.
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E-58 Fiber Optic Backbone
Construction has launched to deploy a fiber optic backbone along U.S. Route 58 beginning at Meadows of Dan and extending across Patrick County into Henry County and beyond. $6 million in federal funding is being devoted to this project. The establishment of the fiber optic backbone is the first step in bringing broadband services, including high-speed Internet access, to all residents and businesses in Henry and Patrick Counties.
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Other National and Global
Increasingly it appears that the dream of policy makers and regulators for genuine competitive "facilities based" telecom marketplace is eroding away. Every day there are stories of failing wireless companies, bankrupt CLECs and the regulatory failure of open access cable or DSL. Many pundits are concerned that we are rapidly moving to a world of re-monopolization by the original monopoly telephone companies. Municipalities maybe the only organizations that have the financial and political muscle to thwart this trend towards re-monopolization.
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