Hall said Appalachian Power will “stick the fiber to its poles and provide the service.”
Martinsville expanded its MiNet fiber network, but Henry County depended on slower cable internet through Comcast and even slower on DSL internet over copper phone lines through CenturyLink.
DSL service does not reach all areas of the county, even though there is a phone line, and Comcast does not provide service in the more remote areas of the county and would only do so if the customer requesting the service is willing. to provide the installation cost, which can reach several thousand dollars.
“We have needed it for some time,” said Vice President Debra Buchanan.
Hall also encouraged everyone to take part in an ongoing broadband survey in the region at mhcbroadbandsurvey.com.
Henry County Fair on schedule
Parks and Recreation Director Roger Adams said the Henry County Fair, which will be held Sept. 22-25 at Martinsville Speedway, is proceeding at full speed.
“We started two years ago and now we’re five weeks away,” Adams said. “We are well positioned September 22-25 at Martinsville Speedway on the paved area outside of turn four.