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Press Release -- June 24th, 2016
Source: rvaix

Richmond Virginia Internet Exchange Welcomes Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority

Ashland, Virginia: June 23th, 2016: RVA-IX is pleased to announce and welcome the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) as the newest member of the Richmond Virginia Internet Exchange.

In 2014, at the urging of concerned citizens and local business owners, four south western Virginia municipalities — The City of Salem, The City of Roanoke, Roanoke County and The County of Botetourt — announced that they would join forces to build a regional open-access fiber-optic internet network. Their goal was to advance the long-term economic prospects of the region by measurably improving the accessibility, affordability, speed, security, and reliability of high-speed enterprise internet service. The new 47-mile RVBA network began serving customers on May 1st.

Now, as an RVA-IX member, the RVBA has “one hop” access to major Internet Content Delivery Services. This shorter internet pathway provides faster data transport and enables more cost effective use of bandwidth.

Contact: C. Jon Larsen
Phone 804.368.0421
9680 Atlee Commons Dr.
Ashland, Va. 23005 RVA-IX.Net

“The RVBA was founded on the idea that we could spur economic development by finding
creative ways to provide faster, more secure, and more affordable Internet access to the
businesses investing in our region,” RVBA President and CEO Frank Smith said. “The RVBA’s
partnership with the Richmond Internet Exchange is a perfect example of how our commitment
to community collaboration can be applied more broadly to provide tangible benefits to our

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