The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority was formed in early 2008 to bring high performance fiber and wireless services to every home and business in the two county—Eastern Shore region of Virginia. The badly underserved area has high levels of poverty and faces a unique set of challenges due in part to its longstanding geographic isolation.
nDanville has been operational since the fall of 2007, and is the first municipally owned open access, open services network in the United States. Design Nine has been providing open access broadband planning and project management services to the City of Danville, Virginia since the spring of 2006. This is a regional project with a service area not only in the City of Danville but in three adjacent counties. The City had a fiber network in operation for several years that had been used exclusively for government and educational use.
Carroll County, the City of Galax, Grayson County, and Crossroads Institute hired Design Nine in January of 2007 to conduct an extensive broadband planning effort for the three Virginia localities.
This project received approval in June, 2007 from DHCD to proceed with implementation, using a regional authority to manage the network. RFPs were issued in August for equipment and services, and customers and service providers will be using the network before the end of 2007. Construction is currently well advanced. The project is now called "The Wired Road."