SALUDA, Va. -- Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s eighth largest cable operator, has been awarded a 15-year franchise to provide video services in King William County. The County Board of Supervisors approved the franchise on July 22.
While under federal law the franchising process pertains specifically to cable video services, Atlantic Broadband has announced that it will rebuild and extend the cable infrastructure in King William County, which will also allow it to provide high speed internet and phone.
The expansion project will primarily involve the construction of a fiber-to-the-home network, resulting in availability of these services in Central Garage (King William County), Newtown (King and Queen County) and Sparta (Caroline County). Activations are expected to start later this year.
The expansion also will include the construction of a fiber backbone interconnection to Atlantic Broadband’s facilities in Bowling Green, Caroline County. This will allow the company to expand service offerings in the area, including 1 Gig internet and new, high-capacity, scalable business-class products, including dedicated internet access (DIA) and Point-to-Point.
When the fiber project is complete, as many as 2,600 homes and businesses will have access to advanced video, internet and phone services for the first time.
The Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA), which has long advocated for the expansion of broadband access in the Commonwealth, applauded the Atlantic Broadband initiative.