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MBC Connects K-12 Schools in Southern Virginia

October 15, 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) has announced that it has completed a $20 million capital project connecting more than 120 K-12 schools in southern Virginia. All schools in southern Virginia now have access to an advanced fiber optic network.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) is a non-profit committed to providing economic development leadership to southern Virginia. The organization received a $16 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and a $4 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

This project was completed under budget, spending only $19 million to deliver robust, scalable bandwidth that can address the needs of the users both now and in the future.

“I would like to personally commend the MBC team members who were directly involved in this project including Gray Ramsey, Doug Herrin, Janet Rogers, Liz Smith, Fred Wilkinson, Billy Call, Don Kendrick, Chase Weddle and Chris Coleman,” said Tad Deriso, president and CEO of MBC. “Their efforts will make a positive difference in the lives of more than 58,000 students every year with this advanced network infrastructure.”

MBC follows an open-access wholesale transport business model and explained that this new network has the ability to support broadband connectivity from 10 Megabits to 10 Gigabits for every school in this region.

"We commend the MBC team for their fiscal responsibility and effective management of this fiber optic network project," said State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville). "We're pleased that the Virginia Tobacco Commission matching fund investment could leverage this large grant to ensure our schools are connected to a robust fiber network and will pay dividends for our communities for many years to come."

MBC was in news last month for expanding its network in the mid-Atlantic region with connections in Washington and Richmond, Virginia.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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