On June 6, the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) awarded $375,549 to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s affiliate, EMPOWER Broadband. This grant is a part of the TRRC’s Last Mile Broadband Program and will be used to extend Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) into Pittsylvania County’s Mount Airy and Grit communities.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative will construct a 9.2-mile fiber backbone with EMPOWER Broadband, Inc. extending fiber to homes and businesses within 1,000 feet of the backbone. This project will make state-of-the-art high-speed fiber internet available to over 400 residents along the route beginning near the intersection of Highway 40 and Renan Road and concluding near the intersection of Wards and Spaniel Roads. EMPOWER’s fiber broadband will provide internet packages at a minimum of 50 Megabits per second up to 1000 Megabits per second; these speeds easily meet the growing needs of students and encourages the development of the most data driven businesses.

This TRRC grant funded project, along with the 135-mile fiber backbone currently under construction, will provide a solid foundation to deploy fiber internet across Mecklenburg Electric’s service territory. Additionally, this grant represents a continued partnership between Pittsylvania County and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative to provide fast, reliable internet service to improve the quality of life for citizens of the county.

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