Botetourt County enters into contract with Lumos to expand fiber access in Buchanan area
The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to enter into a preliminary contract with Lumos Networks Corp. to expand broadband and fiber access in rural areas near Buchanan.
The county’s broadband commission issued a request for public-private partnership proposals in early April. Lumos, a subsidiary of Segra, submitted a proposal to bring broadband access to 645 locations, which include 43 businesses, to the west and south of Buchanan.
The service area west of Buchanan would extend from Springwood Road (Virginia 630) on the north to U.S. 11 on the south and from Oak Ridge Road (Virginia 641) on the west to Narrow Passage Road (Virginia 43). The area south of Buchanan will extend from U.S. 11 including Back Creek Lane, Fringer Trail (Virginia 645) and Lithia Road (Virginia 640).
The expansion would cover most of the second phase of the county’s broadband plan, which was released in January. Botetourt County hired broadband consultant Sandie Terry to craft a phased plan to build broadband infrastructure in unserved areas, which account for about 30 percent of county addresses.
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