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Headquartered in Palmyra, VA, Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. Firefly offers lightning-fast internet via fiber to the premise that is reliable and priced fairly with no hidden equipment costs or price increases.  Firefly has no contracts, no data caps or slowdowns and offers symmetrical upload and download speeds. Firefly Light offers 100 mbps for $49.99; Firefly Flash offers 1 gbps for $79.99; and Firefly Voice is $35.99 with a $5.00 discount when bundled with the internet.  For more information, visit www.fireflyva.com
 

 

Central Virginia Regional Partnership

 

More Than 25,000 Central Virginians Get Broadband Access Through Regional Broadband Partnership
June 24, 2021:

 

Dominion Energy Virginia, Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and the Counties of Albemarle, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, and Powhatan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance a regional broadband partnership that aims to deliver fiber-optic broadband service to unserved and underserved households and businesses in areas of Central Virginia, subject to regulatory approvals.

  • This partnership is enabled by bi-partisan legislation adopted during the 2021 General Assembly Session. The agreement could extend access to more than 25,000 Virginians who currently lack access to reliable broadband services. 
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative will own a fiber network where it delivers electricity in the counties of Louisa, Albemarle, Goochland and Greene Counties. Firefly will serve as the internet service provider. This project will also improve reliability and resiliency while modernizing the grid to provide advanced energy solutions. 

How to Be Sure Your Home or Business is Included:
The project is intended to cover all possible locations in these counties that do not have access to broadband meeting the minimum qualifying service speeds that the Commonwealth of Virginia has established which are 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload from a fixed wireless or wired connection. 

  • If you only have access to satellite or cell phone for internet service, you are considered unserved. 
  • If you have connections to a fixed wireless service or have DSL or other phone service and your speeds do not reliably meet the 25/3 threshold, you are considered unserved. 
  • We need your help in defining the final unserved area map.  Please visit www.fireflyva.com/rise from your home computer using your home internet connection or using a mobile device from any location if you do not have home internet access. Follow the link to complete a short survey providing your address and what internet service options you have. 
  • If you have fixed wireless or wired internet service, we will also ask that you run a speed test once you have completed the survey; satellite or cell phone services will not be required to run the speed test. 
     

Complete Survey

View Announcement Here

Dominion Energy Virginia, Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and the Counties of Albemarle, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, and Powhatan have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance a regional broadband partnership.

The partnership aims to deliver fiber-optic broadband service to unserved and underserved households and businesses in these areas of Central Virginia.

A timeline for the project in each county has not yet been established – with the exception of Louisa. At this time, it is critical for members to complete the survey to help identify the underserved and unserved areas in each county. 


The utilities and each participating county will work toward a phased approach; for Dominion Energy Virginia that will include an application to the State Corporation Commission to seek regulatory approval in early 2022. The first phase for each county will include engineering studies which will determine the most efficient deployment plan and funding requirements.

REC will own the fiber network where it delivers electricity in the counties of Louisa, Albemarle, Goochland and Greene Counties. Firefly will serve as the internet service provider. For REC, this project will also improve reliability and resiliency while modernizing the grid to provide advanced energy solutions. 

Firefly Fiber Broadband is an internet service provider that offers lightning-fast internet via fiber. 

Dominion Energy is installing fiber in rural areas as it moves forward with efforts to transform Virginia's energy grid. This fiber capacity can be used for operational needs as well as broadband access, reducing broadband deployment costs for internet service providers like Firefly Fiber Broadband. Under the agreement, Firefly will lease the “middle-mile” fiber installed by Dominion Energy in the company’s electric service area in these nine counties.

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Goochland County

REC Helps Accelerate Plans For Universal Broadband in Goochland County
November 11, 2021:

Goochland County yesterday announced progress toward extending broadband coverage to all of its residents and businesses. 

The project is the result a parternship of Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), Dominion Energy and Rappahannock. Electric Cooperative (REC), along with the county.

Goochland is one of 13 Central Virginia counties included in Firefly’s Regional Internet Service Expansion (RISE) project, a larger regional broadband initiative. As part of the project, Firefly and Goochland are seeking grant funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through its Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI). If successful, those grant funds would be used to offset nearly 30% of the $17.5 million cost to build fiber in the county. The remaining 70% would be funded between Goochland and Firefly, with Goochland contributing up to $3,637,500 toward the project.

Preliminary planning for this regional project has identified 2,765 locations in the county as being unserved without access to speeds of at least 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload, and the initial design includes 276 miles of fiber-optic cable to be installed in the county to make service available to those locations. Goochland residents will receive further information about work once the schedule is set for the first phase of the fiber build.

View Announcement Here

Louisa County

Work Underway to Expand Broadband to REC Member-Owners in Louisa
July 13, 2021:

 

Some Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners in Louisa County are one step closer to having access to broadband internet service.

  • Authorized contractors from Pike Engineering are currently working in the Shannon Hill area conducting pole-by-pole surveys to determine what preparations are needed to existing facilities for the fiber installation. 
  • Once survey work is completed around Shannon Hill, Pike Engineering will move to the area of REC’s Mt. Hope substation off of Route 33 and Paynes Mill Road in the eastern end of Louisa County. 
  • As REC and Firefly continue to define the order of work throughout Louisa County, member-owners will be notified directly and updates will be provided. Some REC member-owners in the Shannon Hill and Mt. Hope areas can expect to receive notifications from Firefly near the end of 2021 inviting them to sign-up for service. 

View Announcement Here

Member-owners who are served by REC from the Shannon Hill substation and circuit may expect to sign up for broadband service by the end of 2021 and be connected in the spring of 2022.

 

Information on packages and installation schedules can be found on the Firefly Fiber Broadband website at www.fireflyva.com or by calling 833-473-3591.

 

It is estimated that 50% of the County will have access by the end of 2023, 75% by the end of 2024. Project completion is slated by the end of 2025. 

Members served by one of the Shannon Hill substation circuits where work is currently underway will receive communication by mail, email and phone regarding the progress and what they may see in their area as the work on the project continues. 
 

REC is providing use of its infrastructure, including poles and will own the fiber broadband network constructed in its service area. REC contractors will conduct “make-ready” work such as rebuilding a line, changing poles or moving transformers to accommodate the fiber installation. Firefly Fiber Broadband contractors will then install the fiber on REC’s poles and underground areas. 

REC has started the make-ready engineering and design process on one of the circuits served from the Shannon Hill substation. Members in this area will see REC contractor, Pike Engineering on or around their property conducting pole-by-pole surveys to determine what preparations are needed to existing facilities for the fiber installation.

 

Once the engineering and design process is complete later this summer, construction crews will perform the necessary make-ready construction to overhead facilities, such as:  repositioning transformers, adding anchors to the ground near the poles, and even replacing poles. 

 

After work on this circuit is completed, Pike Engineering will begin work on one of the circuits out of the Mt. Hope substation. 

Members should contact REC Member Services at 800-552-3904 or office@myrec.coop

 Mark Ponton, Director of Broadband and Fiber Services, mponton@myrec.coop.

Once survey work is completed around Shannon Hill, Pike Engineering will move to the area of REC’s Mt. Hope substation off of Route 33 and Paynes Mill Road in the eastern end of Louisa County.

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Louisa County, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Firefly Fiber Broadband, and Dominion Energy Proposed Partnership to Bring Broadband to Louisa County
March 1, 2021:

 

REC, Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Dominion Energy Virginia have formed a partnership to ensure high-speed internet access is available to all of the homes and businesses in the County. 

  • REC will own the fiber network constructed in the majority of the county, and is providing use of its infrastructure, including poles, to make the Louisa County broadband initiative a reality. 
  • Firefly will be the internet service provider for the partnership and will ensure the availability of fiber broadband on a county-wide basis.
  • Firefly will lease the “middle-mile” fiber installed by Dominion Energy in the company’s electric service area in Louisa County.

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