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BARC CEO Appointed to Virginia’s Broadband Advisory Council


Date: January 13, 2020

 For Immediate Release 

Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 ( 

Millboro, VA – BARC Electric Cooperative is excited to announce that its CEO, Mike Keyser, was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Broadband Advisory Council on January 3, 2020. The council was established to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth. The council is comprised of eleven members: four legislators, two ex-officio members, five citizen members, the Secretary of Technology, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and aligns with Governor Northam’s initiative to expand rural internet service to populations in Virginia currently in need.

 “Being appointed to this advisory council gives electric cooperatives a seat at the table to establish policies that will move Governor’s rural broadband initiative forward,” said Mr. Keyser. “I look forward to working with our government and business leaders to ensure the Commonwealth is headed toward a connected Virginia for all.” 

Mr. Keyser also works with the Commonwealth Connect team established in 2018 by Governor Northam to create a comprehensive effort in achieving universal broadband access to all Virginians. Additionally, Mr. Keyser was appointed to the GO Virginia Region 8 Board in 2019 giving the cooperative and BARC’s electric and broadband service areas a voice in economic development issues where broadband plays a huge role. 


About BARC 

BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet, telephone and television service through BARC Connects, its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at BARC, visit and