Congressman Denver Riggleman applauds expansion of broadband in Bedford County

June 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Congressman Denver Riggleman applauded Comcast's expansion of broadband to Bedford County in the 5th District.  Comcast, in partnership with Bedford County, announced the launch of a project to extend broadband service to more than 7,000 addresses in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. Comcast plans to begin rolling-out services to parts of the area this month with an expected completion of the project by year-end.

“This is great news for the 5th district and for Bedford County,” said Congressman Riggleman.  “I congratulate Delegate Kathy Byron for her fine work on the rural broadband issue, which I have been working on in DC.  This is how public private partnerships are supposed to work and why we need to continue to build our partnership with the USDA.” 

Congressman Riggleman has been working on expanding access to broadband in rural areas in the 5th district from his position in Washington, DC.  He is a member of the rural broadband caucus and his district office held a training program on the USDA ReConnect program that helps rural areas with insufficient broadband service. 

For more information please read Comcast's release below.


COMCAST EXPANDING SERVICE TO MORE THAN 7,000 ADDRESSES 
IN AREA AROUND SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VIRGINIA 

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission’s “Last Mile Broadband Program” Grant Helps Bring Gigabit Internet, Xfinity’s Full Suite of Products and Services to Rural Area

BEDFORD COUNTY, VA – June 5, 2019 – Comcast, in partnership with Bedford County, Va., today announced the launch of its network expansion project to extend broadband service to more than 7,000 addresses in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. In addition to Gigabit Internet service, residents in Smith Mountain Lake will have access to all Xfinity services, including the award-winning Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Voice and Xfinity Mobile, and businesses can get the full suite of Comcast Business products and services, including Ethernet network speeds up to 100 Gigabits-per-second.  Comcast plans to begin rolling-out services to parts of the area this month with an expected completion of the project by year-end.

In 2018, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission awarded Bedford County, in partnership with Comcast, a $3.5 million “Last Mile Broadband Program” grant to extend broadband service in the area around Smith Mountain Lake. The “Last Mile Broadband Program” grant provides funding for up to 50 percent of the construction for communities partnering with private sector providers to extend broadband access to unserved areas of the Commonwealth. Comcast committed to fund the remainder of the project and is planning to contribute more than $5.8 million to the project.

“In the world we live in today, it is nearly impossible to have economic prosperity and opportunity without broadband access,” said Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Research and Development Committee of the Tobacco Commission. “Because of the commitment made by the Commission in extending this grant to Bedford County and Comcast, Smith Mountain Lake residents and businesses will — finally — have consistent, reliable broadband access.”

“We appreciate Comcast’s partnership and commitment to bringing high-speed Internet access to more residents and businesses in unserved, rural areas of Virginia, like Smith Mountain Lake,” said Edgar Tuck, District 2 Supervisor for Bedford County. “Through grants, such as the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, we are able to work with partners to provide state-of-the-art, scalable technology to our residents.”

Comcast has invested billions of dollars in its Virginia network to meet consumer demand, providing among the fastest, most reliable Internet speeds over its fiber-rich network, and one of the fastest in-home Wi-Fi experiences. Comcast will also offer Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, providing low-cost broadband service, digital literacy training and discounted computers — the program has connected more than six million Americans since its inception in 2011. 

“We are delighted to partner with Bedford County to bring our state-of-the-art products and services to more residents and businesses in Virginia and appreciate the opportunity to extend broadband services to unserved areas,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Comcast’s Beltway Region.

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