Nelson County, Virginia
After years and millions of dollars in infrastructure, International Broadband Electric Communications is apparently shutting down operations within the next month. Customer support apparently ceased for at least some Nelson County, VA customers on Friday December 30th, according to a letter below sent to a customer in Afton just before Christmas.
We first told you about the IBEC-CVEC venture back in July of 2008. At the time deployment was just beginning, but even then months and months of delays put the project tremendously behind and often without performances originally promised.
The letter and the company’s website says the events were unavoidable due to financial problems arising from April 2011 tornadoes in Alabama where IBEC is headquartered. The letter above sent to subscribers in Nelson went into greater detail saying much of the money sought in a federal stimulus package was never granted.
One shining light in this sage is the current ongoing construction of a fiber optic network being installed in Nelson County. After years in the planning, the construction kicked off in early December 2011. Fiber is being pulled from Colleen up Route 29 to Woods Mill, across Route 6 West to 151 then north toward Afton. That service is anticipated to become active within the next few months of 2012.
More updates as we have them!