After a rocky start and a long period of transition, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority in Virginia is preparing for the years ahead. Hoping to snag schools, hospitals, government offices, and Internet carriers with their prices, the Broadband Authority just released its proposed rate structure.
They expect to complete construction of five major sections of the fiber network by early March. Starting in mid-April, customers will have service. The proposed rates are as follows:
- Dark Fiber: $40-$100 per strand mile depending on whether the institution is a nonprofit
- Transport Service (requires a 2 year term): speeds between 10 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) - 200 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) for $350 - $4,510
- Dedicated Internet Service (requires a 2 year term): 10Mbps - 1Gbps for $550 - $5,687
The full preliminary proposed rate structure [PDF] is available from the Broadband Authority’s website.
The Authority will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. on the rate structure. After the public hearing, the board may request to adopt the preliminary proposed rates. Local news has the rest: