Dominion Energy Looks to Expand Broadband Access in Rural Virginia

- Company seeks potential interested participants and broadband partners
- Pilot Program follows feasibility study required in Grid Transformation & Security Act
- Broadband is key to economic development, education and employment
We're excited about how much this pilot could help rural Virginia communities.

 

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy Virginia is asking localities and internet service providers (ISPs) for information to facilitate greater broadband internet access for parts of the Commonwealth currently unserved by this critical resource.

The responses will help Dominion Energy advance a pilot program to help reach Virginia homes and businesses who don't currently have access to broadband internet.

"We're excited about how much this pilot could help rural Virginia communities," said Ed Baine, senior vice president of Electric Distribution. "High-speed Internet access will support economic development and social equity while simultaneously promoting public health, public safety, and educational opportunities for our customers who currently don't have broadband."

Dominion Energy is looking into ways it can serve as a "middle mile" provider, filling a void that often exists between the largest data connections and homes and businesses. Dominion Energy's telecommunications network may be able to bridge the gap by making its broadband capacity available to internet service providers in unserved communities, as allowed by 2019 legislation patroned by Del. Israel O'Quinn. An explanation of possible options to increase access is provided in the company's Broadband Feasibility Report, which was a component of the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018.

 

VIDEO: Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F.
Farrell, II remarks on rural broadband at National Governor's
Association 2019 Summer Meeting on July 26, 2019:

https://youtu.be/8mHybUwissA

 

For more information about the pilot program visit: http://www.dominionenergy.com/ruralbroadband 

Responses to the Request for Information by localities and ISPs should be submitted no later than Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

The information gathered through the RFI may be used to inform future Request for Proposals  and requests for approval before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

About Dominion Energy
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. The company expects to cut generating fleet carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 percent by 2030. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.    

 

SOURCE Dominion Energy

For further information: Audrey Cannon, Audrey.L.Cannon@dominionenergy.com, 804-771-6115

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