Hampton Roads Regional Broadband Initiative
The Hampton Roads Regional Broadband Initiative proposes the creation of a fully integrated regional fiber optic network that connects employment areas, higher education facilities, research institutions, and municipal facilities throughout the region. This regional broadband network will allow Hampton Roads to continue to develop as a nationally connected 21st century community and international information gateway, and provide our region the necessary infrastructure to support job creation centered around a number of emerging industry clusters.
First Interconnection for Regional Fiber Ring Press Event, September 5, 2018
A landmark event was held at Virginia Wesleyan University on September 5, 2018, to announce the first connection point to the Regional Fiber Ring—the fiber optic backbone system that will connect all five Southside cities. The event was hosted by the Hampton Roads Regional Planning District Commission in partnership with the Regional Broadband Steering Committee and elected officials from the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk and representatives from Virginia Wesleyan University and Old Dominion University.
Event Handout (pdf)
Press Release (pdf)
South Hampton Roads cities start planning for fiber ring (Inside Business)
Regional Partner Coverage
City of Norfolk Photos (link to gallery)
Virginia Wesleyan University News Article, Celebrating Progress in Connecting the Region, September 5, 2018