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RiverStreet Networks and Pittsylvania County today announced a partnership to bring broadband internet service to Pittsylvania County.

Over the past few months, RiverStreet Networks has worked with Pittsylvania County Officials to offer much needed high-speed internet. The partnership between Pittsylvania County and RiverStreet Networks represents a significant first step in our plan to improve broadband access for residents, education, healthcare and government organizations in Pittsylvania County.

Over the next two years, eighteen towers will be constructed to provide service to nearly 9,400 locations.

“Demand for high speed broadband has never been greater and this partnership and landmark project will boost and improve service in countless households in unserved areas. Teaming up with Pittsylvania county officials will help to bridge the digital divide and keep rural communities competitive and vibrant throughout Pittsylvania county,” said Eric Cramer, President and CEO of RiverStreet Networks. 

With five active towers in Grit, Callands, Mt. Airy, White Oak and Kentuck, RiverStreet Networks is ready to serve customers in these areas with fixed wireless internet service. Fixed wireless is a type of internet service delivered using transmitters to send and receive internet signals from one point to another.

These transmitters are affixed to stationary objects—like poles, buildings or towers—at strategic locations, combining to create a wireless network. Through the help of a $1 million investment from Pittsylvania County, an additional 13 internet towers are expected to be ready to serve county residents by the end of 2022. 

“Pittsylvania County is committed to partnering with internet providers like RiverStreet to extend high-speed internet access to all corners of our county,” said Bob Warren, chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. “With remote learning and work becoming more common during the pandemic, having reliable internet at home is extremely important for every member of our community.”   

Citizens can express interest and even sign up for service at http://join.buildpittsylvania.com/.

Headquartered in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation started in 1951 as a residential telephone cooperative to serve rural Wilkes County. After completing an award-winning Fiber-to-The-Home network to all its members, RiverStreet Networks was developed to offer the latest in technologies to areas outside of the traditional market. 

RiverStreet Networks has already established a footprint in Virginia with the 2018 acquisitions of People’s Mutual Telephone Company (Gretna) and Gamewood Technology Group (Danville).

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