Ground broken on for Pittsylvania County's rural internet project

Groundbreaking marks the beginning of fiber optic cable installation

By Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY - People who live in rural areas of Pittsylvania County are now one step closer to getting faster internet.

Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Pittsylvania County to mark the beginning of the installation of fiber optic cables at the county's White Oak Mountain cell tower.

Once the fiber lines are connected, the tower will be able to send a signal to wireless receivers and transmitters on seven towers throughout the county.

That will allow residents served by those towers to have access to faster internet.

"This is really getting towards the 'last mile challenge' that every single rural locality deals with," said Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director Matt Rowe.

"Instead of just accepting this is how things are, our board has said 'we're going to try to address this challenge; we're going to tackle it head on.'"

The fiber is expected to be installed by July, with customers being able to begin receiving service in 12 to 18 months.

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