History

August 2017

August 2017

The RVBA attracts the networks first residential Internet Service Provider (ISP), ABS, to serve residents of the historic Boxley Building in downtown Roanoke, VA.

March 2017

March 2017

The RVBA launches a new mobile friendly website with the ability to test your internet speed, download a network map and access the network operations support line.

February 2017

February 2017

The RVBA breaks ground on Phase 2 of construction, a 25-mile expansion of the network into Roanoke County.

October 2016

October 2016

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.

September 2016

September 2016

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.

April 2016

April 2016

Outside Plant construction completed. System Lighting Ceremony at Blue Ridge PBS.

February 2016

February 2016

Eddy Communications is hired to brand and market new RVBA services.

August 2015

August 2015

Frank Smith is appointed Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. (later promoted to President & CEO)

April 2015

April 2015

Construction begins on 47-mile fiber network.

November 2014

November 2014

The RVBA contracted with Thompson & Litton for design, network engineering, and permitting services.

January 2014

January 2014

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.

March 2013

March 2013

Blue Ridge Advisory Services Group is hired to assist in drafting a business and operations plan for the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority.

February 2013

February 2013

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.

April 2012

April 2012

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.)

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

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.