VIRGINIA’S NEW RIVER VALLEY – Floyd County and Citizens received a Virginia Telecommunication Initiative Grant, which was announced last month. This grant is $348,018 to get high-speed internet to Copper Hill, a village in Floyd County, but that’s not where the connectivity ends.
At the end of the year, 60% of Floyd County will be connected to high-speed internet.
By 2021, 97% of Floyd County will be connected.
The gigabit internet Citizens plans to implement over the next 3 years will be about 1,700 miles of fiber-optic cable all across Floyd County.
Plus, Citizens’ internet speed will be about 40 times faster than what the Federal Communications Commission calls high-speed internet.
At the company’s public announcement event, Congressman Morgan Griffith said:
“Right now, in the commonwealth of Virginia, the most modern county is Floyd County. Welcome to gig country.”
For more information about this huge announcement, see coverage by Jacob Demmitt at the Roanoke Times.
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”