Va. broadband service expands to two new areas
The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) has expanded its residential fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) pilot program.
The test project, launched last September, has expanded to new areas including parts of Accomack County.
Residences fronting the current ESVBA fiber route in Keller, Bobtown, and Pungoteague are now all eligible to participate. The route is along Gospel Temple Road, Hollies Church Road, Beacon Road, Adams Crossing, Center Street, and Bobtown Road between Hollies Church Road and Harborton Road.
Additionally, the ESVBA has extended its residential FTTH infrastructure to reach residences in Machipongo, Johnstown, and Church Neck along Bayside Road between Young Street and Church Neck Road, and along Church Neck Road from Bayside Road to Heron Drive.
The Eastern Shore fiber network currently consists of several hundred miles of fiber. Start up investment from both the Accomack and Northampton counties was used to fund the initial network build out.
"We've paid back the two counties, Accomack and Northampton counties, the original start-up money that provided for us for operating costs, and we weren't obligated to do that," says ESVBA executive director Nicholas Pascaretti. "But we felt that we were sustainable and we could afford to pay back the tax-payers and we did."
Overall, the program expansion will bring fiber optic broadband service to 180 additional homes.