Regional Internet Service Expansion (RISE) Project in Albemarle County
The RISE Project is an initiative by Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), to provide internet access to all underserved homes and businesses in 13 counties in Central Virginia. Firefly offers gigabit-speed internet via fiber to the premise that is reliable and affordable. Through a partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), Dominion Energy Virginia, and the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Powhatan, Firefly’s RISE Project will make high-speed internet accessible to more than 45,000 locations and 112,000 Virginians.
In the VATI project area, the partnership of REC, Dominion and Firefly will build about 4,000 miles of fiber and pass about 36,000 homes, totaling $288 million. That total includes $79 million in VATI funds and $33.5 million from the county partners.
The VATI leverage areas, built in coordination with the VATI buildout, add 600 miles of fiber, pass 5,500 homes, and cost $23.3 million. The contingent areas add 325 miles and 2,700 more passings. The areas also add $25 million with $5.8 million from VATI and $1.9 million from the county partners.
The total RISE Project will cost $330 million, take approximately three years to complete, and include 5,000 miles of fiber construction.
Stay apprised of the latest updates to this project by visiting our RISE Project page at: https://www.fireflyva.com/rise/.
This work is part of the Firefly RISE project designed to ensure every location in Albemarle County has access to broadband connectivity.
The work is funded in part by Albemarle County, and in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Telecommunications Initiative.