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EMPOWER Broadband

(434) 636-2274

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EMPOWER Broadband Inc., is a wholly-owned broadband subsidiary of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), providing middle-mile capacity, retail high-speed internet service, as well as voice over IP telephony, high-speed data services, and advanced cloud-based solutions throughout portions of Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina.

In meeting its own requirements for ultra-high-speed communications, MEC recognized the need for its residential, commercial, and industrial members to have access to high-speed, high-capacity broadband service. Therefore, a pilot program to extend fiber from the backbone to the premises of MEC members, Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP), was initiated to provide unprecedented high-speed internet access. During the pilot, MEC members, located within 1,000 feet of this backbone, could subscribe to ultra-high-speed broadband internet service through EMPOWER Broadband. This retail pilot served portions of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Pittsylvania counties.

Since the completion of the backbone fiber project, EMPOWER has begun branching out to many other localities across MEC’s service territory, with the intent of ensuring all MEC members have access to true, high-speed broadband internet. MEC will seek federal, state, and local grants, as well as other financial assistance opportunities, to be used for the retail deployment. Success in securing the funds will determine, in large part, how quickly EMPOWER Broadband services can be offered to additional areas.

11633 Highway 92 West
Chase City, Virginia 23924
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Lawrenceville, VA 23868

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