Business is booming and customers are zooming as Salem-based internet provider B2X Online brings rural Roanoke-region households into cyberspace.
During the last four months, the family-owned company responded to a rush of government requests for expanded internet access in remote areas of Roanoke, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties, said B2X CEO Warren Kane.
“Those expansions are coming online; all of them are really starting to move forward now,” Kane said. “People are actively connecting.”
Broadband expansion became a top priority last year for local governments, connecting people to church, work and school from home during COVID-19 shutdowns. Roanoke, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties used federal coronavirus relief funds to expand residents’ internet access, partnering with B2X, which is a wireless provider, and cable service providers alike.
“What B2X is doing, a lot of problems with getting internet into a certain area is sometimes topography, which is not good for traditional burying of cables,” said Bill Hunter, Roanoke County’s communications director. “All of the current B2X projects are wireless mesh.”