Meridium®, Inc., a division of GE Digital, chose RVBA to provide internet and data transport service for their facilities in downtown Roanoke. RVBA sponsors the first charter meeting of the local Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Roanoke-Blacksburg chapter.
The RVBA receives the prestigious COVITS Governor’s Technology Award for excellence in Cross Boundary Collaboration. Dave Armentrout is appointed Vice President of Network Engineering and Operations.
Outside Plant construction completed. System Lighting Ceremony at Blue Ridge PBS.
Eddy Communications is hired to brand and market new RVBA services.
Frank Smith is appointed Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. (later promoted to President & CEO)
Construction begins on 47-mile fiber network.
The RVBA contracted with Thompson & Litton for design, network engineering, and permitting services.
Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority is formed and convenes its first official meeting. The Board includes representatives from Roanoke and Botetourt Counties, the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and one citizen representative.
Blue Ridge Advisory Services Group is hired to assist in drafting a business and operations plan for the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority.
Task Force recommends creating the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to implement defined strategies that will improve access, reliability, and the speed of broadband in the region.
The Roanoke Region Broadband study is completed. The results of this study inspire the creation of the Roanoke Valley Fiber/Broadband Task Force (a group of business leaders, concerned citizens and local governments, charged with developing solutions for Roanoke’s lack of broadband connectivity.)
Local business leaders contact government officials to alert them to potential issues related to broadband access, capacity, and cost. As a result, a study is conducted by Design Nine on fiber-optic Internet access across the region.