RiverStreet Networks and Pittsylvania County have joined forces to bring faster internet to your area!
The partnership between Pittsylvania County and RiverStreet Networks is a significant first step in the plan to provide broadband access to residents and businesses in Pittsylvania County, VA. Over the next two years, eighteen towers will be constructed to provide service to nearly 9,400 locations.
Funding from the Connect America Fund and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, along with an investment from Pittsylvania County, will support the construction of a fiber-to-the-home and fixed wireless network. The service area is expected to reach 20,000 structures, educational facilities, critical community, and healthcare facilities in Pittsylvania county. Five towers are ready for service and the remaining thirteen will be completed over the next year. New service will be provided from the thirteen additional tower locations. Work on the fiber-to-the-home network is expected to start in 2022.
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Who is RiverStreet?
For over 65 years, Wilkes Communications and RiverStreet Networks has helped families stay connected with loved ones and the world around them. What started as a residential telephone cooperative based in Wilkes County North Carolina has expanded to become a leading provider of high-speed broadband internet focusing on serving rural unserved areas. The 2018 acquisitions of People’s Mutual Telephone Company (Gretna, VA) and Gamewood Technology Group (Danville, VA) was the start of our initial presence of RiverStreet Networks in Virginia. Our People’s Mutual networks service area includes Gretna, Hurt, Renan and our Sandy Level exchange in Pittsylvania County. Our Gamewood Technology Group coverage area consists of the City of Danville and parts of Pittsylvania County as well as other parts of rural Virginia. The combination of these companies and our most recent acquisition of SCS Broadband in 2021 will allow us to expand our relationship in Pittsylvania County and help us to achieve our mutual goal of providing more rural communities with broadband connectivity. Demand for high-speed broadband has never been greater and this partnership and landmark project will lift up and improve service in countless households in unserved areas. It will help to bridge the digital divide and keep rural communities competitive and vibrant through not only Pittsylvania County but throughout rural Virginia as well.
Pittsylvania County, VA
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is committed to expanding access to reliable, high-speed and affordable internet access across our county. As part of a strategic plan adopted in 2019, the Board of Supervisors identified its goal of providing broadband availability to 90% of residents by 2024. Pittsylvania County leaders understand the crucial role that broadband access plays in our world, which is why we are investing into this partnership with RiverStreet to extend access throughout unserved areas of our community. Pittsylvania County is providing $1 million in CARES Act funds toward broadband expansion.
“High-speed, reliable broadband at home is critical for work, healthcare, and education. Surveys show the need for internet access is at an all-time high. We are working together with your county officials to bring faster internet to your area.”
CEO, RiverStreet Networks
“Pittsylvania County is committed to partnering with internet providers like RiverStreet to extend high-speed internet access to all corners of our county. With remote learning and work becoming more common during the pandemic, having reliable internet at home is extremely important for every member of our community.”
Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors