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When local Bent Mountain resident, Eathan Gleiner, got tired of waiting for someone else to solve the rural broadband challenges of his community, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Recent Roanoke County investment and the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority’s open access model made the new business possible. The residents of Bent Mountain all stand to gain.

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Bent Mountain, VA (January 21, 2019) – On Thursday January 24, 2019, Roanoke County officials will excitedly gather with Bent Mountain entrepreneur, Eathan Gleiner, to celebrate the launch of MtnNet, a new residential internet service company built specifically to bring reliable, high speed, wireless broadband to one of the most digitally underserved parts of the Roanoke Valley.

Upon launch, the new wireless internet service is prepared to serve about 125 homes, approximately one quarter of all Bent Mountain residences, with expansion plans already underway. MtnNet will initially offer speeds up to 25 Mbps.

Many of the homes in the new service providers coverage area previously lacked access to any affordable and reliable residential broadband services.

The ribbon cutting celebration, which is open to the public, will feature the incredible story of a local resident’s drive to innovate and solve a technology and infrastructure problem that was affecting the health, safety, and livability of a community he loved.

The event will be held at Bent Mountain’s Fire and Rescue Station, across from the Bent Mountain Bistro and will begin at 11:00 AM.

11:00 – 11:30: Welcome & Networking
11:30 – 11:35: Frank Smith, President & CEO, Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority
11:35 – 11:40: Eathan Gleiner, President, MtnNet
11:40 – 11:45: Phil North, Chairman, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors
11:45 – 11:50: David Radford, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Windsor Hills District
11:50 – 11:55: First Customer Testimonial
11:55 – 12:00: Close: Ribbon Cutting
12:00 – 12:30: Pictures & Media Interviews

“Roanoke County has 250 square miles of beautiful suburban and rural land area. However, getting coverage to some of the more remote parts of the region has been incredibly difficult historically. We are absolutely thrilled to see MtnNet and the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority partnering to help make this happen,” Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chair Phil North said.

“The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has been making a number of strategic investments to enhance both the livability and economic viability of the community. This is something for which all residents can be proud. I am honored to be a part of ensuring that wireless high-speed broadband service is available to the Bent Mountain Community. It’s very exciting to have so many community partners who are similarly committed to that same vision,” Windsor District Supervisor David Radford added.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Eddy
j.eddy@eddyalexander.com
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540-404-8152 ext. 1000 (W)