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Ribbon cutting lays the line for broadband expansion in county

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) held a ribbon cutting Monday to usher in a new era of expansion of broadband throughout Southern Virginia.

The company, which is headquartered at Riverstone Technology Park (RTP) in South Boston, has completed expanding their offices to make room for 25 new employees, and they plan to add an additional 75 throughout their service area in support of their construction of over 400 miles of new fiber routes.

Once the $20 million expansion program is completed, MBC will have increased their fiber routes to 1,500 miles, according to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) officials.

“We are excited that MBC decided to expand in Halifax County and continue their operations in Riverstone Centre. The important work that they are doing is helping to move the entire tobacco region forward,” said IDA Executive Director Mike Sexton.

The IDA secured a Southside Economic Development Allocation Grant of $271,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to assist with the building up-fit and backup of existing operations.

MBC now occupies the entire second floor of the west wing in Riverstone Centre.

The expanded space includes a large conference room, and eight new offices.

Local contractor J.E. Burton Construction was responsible for the construction.