You asked: High-speed Internet six months away

Published 9:59 am Saturday, March 10, 2012

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You asked: How long before broadband is available in Western Tidewater?

FRANKLIN—It will be about six months before high-speed Internet could be available in Western Tidewater’s outlying areas.

Construction began last month in Emporia on a network that will include the region. Doug Herrin, project manager with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, said crews began burying cable west of Emporia and would continue to follow Route 58 into Courtland and Franklin.

“It took 12 months to get the needed permits and environmental assessment done,” Herrin said. “We got through that and we’re good to go.”

Another line coming from Wakefield would connect with Windsor and Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Herrin said.

The service should be offered through Buggs Island Telephone and Broadband, which will construct or lease towers to transmit the signal wirelessly, Herrin said.

Buggs Island General Manager Mickey Sims could not be reached.

The project will traverse Southampton and Isle of Wight counties, Franklin, Suffolk and Chesapeake, with interconnection points in Franklin, Windsor, Smithfield and Surry. This would allow user companies to tap into the broadband transmission.