Blackwater project will link Blackwater to the LENOWISCO
regional fiber optic backbone network. LENOWISCO, INC. owns and
operates the fiber optic infrastructure. Sunset Digital Communications
and others help to provide support services.
Blackwater project will utilize a fiber optic service delivery system
network to provide broadband internet service to the Blackwater Volunteer
Fire Department, homes, businesses, and a new Blackwater Community
Computer Center. The Connect Blackwater project also includes the
development of this website.
Blackwater Community Computer Center will be located in the same building as
the Blackwater Post Office. The Connect Blackwater project will
provide free access to broadband internet at the new computer center. The
computer center will offer free training workshops on computers and internet to
The total Connect
Blackwater project cost is $884,600. A grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides $759,600 for the project.
The remaining $125,000 of funding for the Connect Blackwater
project was provided by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and
Connect Blackwater Project Objectives:
1. Install fiber optic cables in project
2. Establish a community computer center
3. Hook-up critical community facilities
4. Hook-up homes and businesses
5. Create and maintain a Blackwater website
6. Provide computer/Internet training
1. INSTALL FIBER OPTIC CABLES
IN PROJECT AREA
The unincorporated village of
Blackwater is a small, rural community in Lee County, Virginia. The
Connect Blackwater project will expand the LENOWISCO Rural Area Network
fiber optic backbone regional infrastructure to deploy affordable broadband in
the Blackwater area, an area where broadband is unavailable.
2. ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY
A contract has been issued to
acquire the other side of the building in Blackwater where the U. S. Post office
is housed for a new computer access center. The new computer center will
have new state-of-the-art equipment at no cost for public use.
3. HOOK-UP CRITICAL
The project will provide free
broadband service to two critical community facilities: the Blackwater
Volunteer Fire Department and the Blackwater Community Computer Center.
4. HOOK-UP HOMES AND
The Connect Blackwater
project will provide broadband connections to at least 20 homes and 5
5. Create and maintain a
As part of the Connect
Blackwater project, local residents will help develop a Blackwater
community website. By giving stories and/or pictures the residents
will be taking part as well as giving ideas and suggestions.
6. PROVIDE COMPUTER/INTERNET TRAINING
Residents will be able to
join training classes for free to learn different subjects ranging from
computer training to digital photography.
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