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23-Sep-2020September 2020 Fiber Construction Update

The air is cooler and the change of seasons is upon us in the Shenandoah Valley. Fall is here and soon we will see the leaves showing their majestic colors adding extra beauty to our mountains. The season may be changing, but our focus remains unchanged as our team continues working to connect residents and businesses with BARC Connects services.

As this year continues full steam ahead, we are in the process of finalizing project areas to be built next year. Data collection for engineering and gathering of eligible service addresses is already underway. Next year will be focused on expanding service to more BARC members as well as grant-funded project areas outside our electric territory where we have commitments to provide broadband service. 

Below is an updated table that summarizes all current and planned construction starting in 2020:

While construction is still going on in your area, be sure to take advantage of our “free service drop” promotion if you live in an eligible area. You can do this online by visiting our website http://shop.barcconnects.net or calling 800-846-2272 and one of our Customer Service team members will be happy to assist you. 

We are also excited to be moving forward on several grant funded projects. The Town of Goshen fiber project is currently in the construction bid process thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We are also beginning work in Rockbridge County thanks to a Virginia Telecommunications (VATI) grant that will expand broadband access to BARC members served by our Cornwall East-South River-Vesuvius electric circuit, a portion of the Big Hill circuit, the Effinger-Glasgow circuit, and the South Buffalo circuit. Two additional grant funded projects will commence next year in portions of Botetourt and Augusta counties.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, our crews, or anything related to BARC services, please contact us at 800-846-2272 or via email at support@barcconnects.net. You can always stay up to date on our progress by visiting http://www.barcconnects.net/news or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BARCElectricCooperative

The health pandemic has made access to broadband even greater than before and we are committed to moving ahead as safely as possible to provide critical infrastructure to serve you. We are all in this together!