Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.

Allegheny Fiber: Extending Virginia’s Open Access Fiber Backbone to the Ridge and Valley

The Virginia Tech Foundation (VTF) proposes to construct a 110-mile open access fiber-optic network between Blacksburg in Montgomery County to Bedford City in Bedford County in its Allegheny Fiber Project. VTF is partnering with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) to extend the Cooperative's fiber-optic footprint to unserved and underserved communities in the Appalachian region. The resulting network would cross six counties in Virginia’s Appalachian region and provide direct high-speed connections to Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. Improved capacity and speed will enhance the ability for both institutions to collaborate on cutting-edge medical and other scientific research with institutions in the United States and abroad. The project proposes network speeds from 10 Gbps to 200 Gbps and could offer point-to-point, private line services ranging from 10Mbps through 10Gbps.

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