Louisa County Broadband Authority
September 7, 2021 - County-wide Fiber Project Update
Firefly Fiber Broadband addressed the Board of Supervisors today to layout their schedule and financing details of the County Wide Fiber Project. Slides from their presentation provide currently available project information.
One of the questions most often posed to County officials and employees is whether and when a citizen will benefit from this project. Timing will vary based on electric service area, but Firefly has stated fiber to the premise will be available for every residence and business in Louisa County, regardless of electric provider or location.
The map below depicts the light blue areas in the County where the RISE project is applying for Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant money to assist in the installation of fiber in Louisa (as well as adjacent counties). The dark blue CVEC service area in the western part of the County is funded by Firefly. Federal funding through the Connect America Fund are shown in yellow and will provide grants to assist Firefly installations. The purple areas currently have existing broadband available OR have received Federal and/or State funding for providing broadband and are not eligible to include in the VATI application, but will still have fiber installed.
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Learn more about the phases of fiber construction.
SM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), announced that their fiber broadband and voice-over-IP phone service will be available in the Henson’s Store area of Louisa County sooner than anticipated. CVEC started fiber construction at the Henson’s Store substation more quickly than planned due to securing additional construction crews to work on the build, partly due to the project commitment from Louisa County earlier this year. Louisa residents along Poindexter Road and South Spotswood Trail and east of Poindexter Road along Jack Jouett and Byrd Mill will receive service from the Henson’s Store build as early as summer 2021. To determine if your home is included in this build, visit www.fireflyva.com and click on ‘Check Availability’ to search your address.- Firefly Fiber Broadband
Firefly is currently offering gigabit speed fiber broadband to CVEC members residing in the Cash’s Corner and Zion areas. Fiber construction is currently underway at the Ferncliff and Doubleday substations and connections in those areas is set for fall 2021. Residents who have not yet signed up but are wishing to get service should contact Firefly to register at www.fireflyva.com or 833-473-3591.
In a press release on March 1, 2021, a partnership with Louisa County and Firefly, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), and Dominion Energy was announced to bring high-speed internet to all underserved homes and businesses in Louisa. Firefly and CVEC have added crews to their construction workforce and the expansion of the CVEC fiber and Firefly services in Henson’s Store will facilitate extension of broadband availability into the REC electric territory. Make ready work will begin soon on the REC system and announcements will be made regarding where the build will begin as well as the timeline for the construction. The entire fiber build in Louisa County is slated for completion by the end of 2025.
Headquartered in Palmyra, VA, Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. Firefly offers lightning fast internet via fiber to the premise that is reliable and priced fairly with no hidden equipment costs or price increases. Firefly has no contracts, no data caps or slowdowns and offers symmetrical upload and download speeds. Firefly Light offers 100 mbps for $49.99; Firefly Flash offers 1 gbps for $79.99; and Firefly Voice is $34.99 with a $5.00 discount when bundled with the internet. For more information, visit www.fireflyva.com.