Orange Co. strives to expand broadband access

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – FiberLync, based in Orange County, is working to connect people to high-speed internet throughout the county.

The county faces many hurdles — from funding to supply chain shortages — and this project has been in the works for 15 years.

FiberLync CEO and chairman of the board, James White, said they started trying to generate interest, but failed when they presented their plan to the public.

“We took this to the public, to the internet service providers that were in the area, and said, ‘We have this. We would love for you to partner with us and use this network to help reach homes and businesses across the county. We received no response. Literally no response to a formal solicitation,” White said.

However, the silence did not stop them.

“Out of frustration, we said, ‘OK, we’re not going to get any help. We’ll see what we can do ourselves. So we came up with a business plan that was finally passed in early 2020,” White said.

FiberLync says it is still working to secure more funding as it continues to build lines.

“The reality is it’s going to be a few years but in all likelihood it could involve other technologies than fiber to the home,” White said.

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