Construction On High Speed Fiber Internet Begins In Nelson!

©2011 : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Members of the Nelson Board of Supervisors, the Broadband Authority and Broadband Authority Advisory Board pose for a ceremonial shovel shot this past Friday afternoon December 9, 2011 in Colleen.

Nelson County, Virginia

After nearly years in planning, construction officially started this past week for an ultra high speed fiber broadband network that will dramatically improve existing service for many Nelsonians, and bring service to many that don’t have it at all. The construction of the buried fiber line is starting in Colleen near Central Virginia Electric and will eventually end along Route 151 in Afton.

John Taylor of Wintergreen Mountain, Chairman of the Broadband Advisory Board, holds a scoop of ceremonial dirt this past Friday afternoon in Colleen to commemorate the start of fiber construction for the new high speed network in Nelson County, Virginia.

MasTec Engineering and Construction based in Newport News will be burying the fiber optic cable along the route. Michael Hansbrough, the project supervisor, says it will take around 6 weeks for the entire route to be buried depending on weather and other conditions.

In areas that can’t be directly connected to the fiber, wireless towers will help fill in the gaps. This is the first widespread true high speed initiative in Nelson County that will serve locations beyond densely populated areas such as Lovingston, Nellysford and Wintergreen.

One the cable is in the ground the next phase of getting service to businesses and residents will start. High speed fiber service should be available to customers starting in the first 3-4 months of 2012!



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