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The Beauty of Fiber


BARC’s service area in the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful pastoral regions in the Commonwealth. But like most rural areas without reliable broadband service, we see challenges in retaining population, economic development opportunities, even in downloading a newspaper quickly.

Recently Rural Electric Magazine's Cathy Cash visited us to learn more about our fiber project that is making broadband a reality here. As she articulates in her article, “The Beauty of Fiber”, though our service area is hardly unique when it comes to the broadband gap in rural America, BARC is moving forward to change that while learning lessons along the way. Ms. Cash had the opportunity to go out in the field with the BARC Connects staff and contractors to understand what it takes to bring broadband services to our members and why it is important to our community as a whole.