Joining Forces to Bring Faster Internet to Charlotte, Va!
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RiverStreet Networks and Charlotte County have partnered together to extend fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) internet access to the unserved and underserved areas of Charlotte County. Using funds from the Connect America Fund (CAF), the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI), and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), RiverStreet Networks plans to cover 471 miles and pass just over 4,100 locations over the next few years.
Since partnering together, RiverStreet Networks has been actively developing plans and purchasing equipment in preparation for this build. We are currently in the design and implementation phase of the project. It is estimated that construction for this fiber build will begin in 2023.
What is fiber?
Fiber-optic internet is the fastest telecommunication technology available, capable of reaching speeds up to 1 gigabit per second with very little lag time. A fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network, like the one we are building, carries up to 1,000 times more information than traditional networks and is far less susceptible to interference, which results in loss of data. Providing fiber-optic internet will provide Charlotte County with equal opportunity for remote learning, working from home, community development, and much more.
Benefits of Fiber
Fiber service has a long list of benefits for you and your home. With Fiber from RiverStreet, enjoy:
- A reliable, high-quality connection and faster connection speeds
- Improved productivity
- Unlimited Internet usage (no data limits!)
- A future proofed home for technology with little to no maintenance
- Less vulnerability to glitches or interference–even from weather!
- Clearer phone conversations, TV signals and reliable access to 911
- Secure voice and data transmissions
- Increased property values*
- More bandwidth means faster connection speeds for multiple devices at once
Our goal is to bring you Fiber service as quickly as possible…
Here’s a glimpse of the prep work that takes place to ensure fiber connectivity to homes and businesses in Charlotte County.
The fiber build project will be segmented into areas. Each area consists of preliminary steps that must be completed before the fiber build phases can begin.
The first preliminary step in each area includes surveying, zoning applications, and site preparation. Once this is completed, the design phase can begin. During the design phase, RiverStreet Networks determines pedestal locations, fiber sizing by number of homes, and cost efficiency while future-proofing our network for the growth of Charlotte County. Once the design phase is complete, RiverStreet Networks orders the necessary materials and equipment to meet the design criteria for the FTTH construction. Field surveying is also required to provide installation instructions to construction crews.
Once all preliminary steps are completed, each area in Charlotte County will then move into the fiber build phases.
The main fiber line will be placed in each area.
The dropline will be connected to the main Fiber line.
Contact RiverStreet Networks to start the preorder process.
Testing continuity and provisioning electronics between service offices.
Fiber is fully connected and ready to serve everyone in the area.