Current Fiber Installations
Louisa County Schools and County Fiber Project
The School district applied for and received a grant for eRate-funded dark fiber installation between all of our school facilities. Fiber was installed between the High School complex, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, the County Administration building, Moss-Nuckols Elementary, Jouett Elementary and Trevilians Elementary. The School District received grants totaling 90% of the $1.36 million project, leaving $136,000 for the Schools to pay for. The School District then doubled the number of fiber strands covered by the eRate grant project to 24 strands to each elementary school. Louisa County and the Broadband Authority then doubled this again with County funds to 48 strands with the plan to connect fiber to the Broadband towers being installed on school property. In addtition, we have been discussing and still are seeking Internet Service Providers to lease some of the strands in the install to serve internet to citizens and businesses along the fiber routes.
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative
In January 2018, CVEC announced its plans to embark on a $110 million project to build fiber in order to better incorporate smart grid technology into its daily operations, improve integration of distributed energy resources, and help lower power costs through interactive energy management programs. Increasing bandwidth for communications within CVEC’s system will improve efficiency, increase reliability, and expand security. In addition to the benefits to the Cooperative, members will have a chance to take advantage of the reliable, high speed internet that only fiber to the home (FTTH) can offer in rural areas. Internet and telephone services will be offered by Firefly Broadband, CVEC’s subsidiary https://www.fireflyva.com/.
The CVEC/Firefly plan is to reach every home and business in CVEC's entire service area within five years and will install over 4,500 miles of fiber-optic cable in the 14 counties it serves, providing broadband internet to all of its 36,000 members.