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Thursday, January 29, 2004


Bristol, Virginia: 'City looks to broadband to grow economy'

Virginia Business has a good profile of Fiber Planners customer Bristol Virginia Utilities Board's FTTH (fiber to the home) network. Excerpts:
"Not many cities straddle two states, but in Bristol the Virginia-Tennessee line runs right through the middle of downtown. In just a few blocks things can change, particularly for businesses with the two states offering different tax structures and amenities. These days, companies are tempted to cross the border to take advantage of something that Bristol claims no other city of its size offers — a $30 million fiber-optic network.

Bristol isn’t the first Virginia city to install a fiber-optic system, nor is it the smallest place with one. The big difference, say city officials, is that Bristol Virginia Utilities will run the fiber optic right up to a resident’s home or business, giving them the benefit of high-speed broadband Internet, cable and telephone all going through a single line. That gives the city a leg up in attracting new businesses and residents, says Jerry Brown, director of economic development for the city of 18,000 people. 'We see it as a major tool for anyone who needs broadband capability,' he says."

(Link from Jim Baller at the Baller Herbst Law Group via his mailing list)


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