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Thursday, March 04, 2004
Virginia: State and federal governments funding $12 million Southside network
U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the State of Virginia's Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission are jointly funding $12 million for a 294-mile fiber network across the southern portion of the state linking 33 industrial parks and multiple communities from Emporia (south of Richmond) to Stuart and Rocky Mount (south of Roanoke)
The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC), is the nonprofit entity managing the development grants for the Southside project. 24 other industrial parks and several other communities already have some fiber links; MBC is negotiating dark fiber leases with the owners to complete the network. MBC is also negotiating to obtain dark fibers to tie the entire Southside network into tier one carriers at the Equinox point of presence in northern Virginia outside Washington, D.C.
The Lightwave article has an extensive discussion of the MBC's plans for the Southside region.