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Shentel to build fiber-optic network in Page County

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The Page County Broadband Authority has contracted with Shenandoah Telecommunications Co.(Shentel) to build a 39-mile,  fiber-optic network in the county.

Broadband authority officials say that, when it is completed in 2012, the network will enable service providers to bring faster and more economical broadband services to the county.  Shentel now provides wireless service in Page as a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel.

Bernie Miller, chairman of the broadband authority, described the contract as a milestone for the county.  “It is the first step in better broadband services for education, health, government and business,” he said in a statement.

When the network is operational, the broadband authority will lease capacity to key institutions and service providers. Proceeds from network operations will fund the expansion of broadband in the county and the operations of the broadband authority.

Under the contract, the network will span the county from Rileyville in the north to the town of Shenandoah in the south.  The network will pass within 500 feet of every county and town facility, school, library and health-care facility.  The route of the project and the 29 institutions to be connected during the initial construction will be determined in a final engineering study. 

The Page County Fiber Network was made possible by a federal grant under the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act of 2009. 


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