Informative event today highlighting the success of rolling out Firefly Fiber Broadband to Louisa County residents
Great job Tim! Awesome to know our partners with Virginia 811 are out there promoting damage prevention awareness and education daily. Here at S&N Locating Services, we know the importance of partnership, and our number one responsibility is protecting all stake holders with reliable and accurate, underground facility locating. #DamagePrevention #Virginia811 #wevegotthis
What an awesome milestone serving rural Virginia communities. #ruralbroadband
We’re excited to finally kickoff this micro-trenching project in Northern Virginia. After a couple months of cleaning up a prior prime-contractor’s quality issues, we’re going to show the customer and city how it’s done safely and properly. Great work Andrew Powell, Cody Sherron, Chris Smith, and AAP Construction team getting this project rolling! #wevegotthis #aapstrong #microtrenching
Always a great time sponsoring and participating in events like these! Yellow Door Foundation raises funds to lodge and feed families of patients receiving care from UVA Children’s Hospital. Truly a worthy cause and a fantastic event! #communitymatters
The event raised over $91,000 in support of families fighting life-threatening pediatric illness at UVA Health Children’s!
The Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad received a Stryker Xpedition powered chair on Friday.
According to a release, the chair was purchased using money donated by the owners and employees of S&N Communications and AAP Construction.
The chair, valued at $16,500, can assist in moving patients, up to 400 pounds, up or down stairs or over certain terrain.
Important conversation this morning at the Rural Fiber Expo discussing the growing workforce development issue as fiber builds expand. Speakers Todd Butcher, Andy Gibson and John Lee did a fantastic job while being led by Karen Jackson. #ruralbroadband #workforcedevelopment #fiberoptics
From our partners at Firefly Fiber Broadband…
“Construction work continues in Greene County where fiber is being lashed to the poles by telecommunication lineworkers from S&N Communications, Inc. . Many rural areas have poles that can’t be reached by bucket truck and lineworkers must climb each pole to attach the fiber. It is taxing work, especially on these hot summer days, but the payout of connection for our neighbors in these rural areas makes it all worth it.”
S&N was visited by U.S. Representative Bob Good and Louisa County Supervisor Duane Adams, to discuss an array of topics that affect local companies and the community. It’s always beneficial when elected officials take time out of their busy schedules to discuss current events that are helping or negatively impacting the local businesses and surrounding communities. Thank you to both of them for spending the time to travel to our office and have a positive discussion.
Transforming Lives and Livelihoods One Connection at a Time…
A Great write up highlighting the work of a great partnership, Central Virginia Electric Coop, Firefly, and S&N!
“It is an honor to present S&N Communications with the Gene Scott Education Award. Gene was a long-time advocate for community broadband, workforce development, and the fiber broadband industry, and we see those same qualities in the work that S&N Communications is showcasing every day” – Ashley Schulte
Connect2 Communications for FBA
AAP Construction and S&N Communications, Inc. are all set up a ready to go at the Fluvanna County Fair! 100% of food sale proceeds will go towards the Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad efforts to purchase new equipment needed. Make sure to come by and see us for some great food for a great cause! Thanks Heather Whitcomb Powell and Danny Thomas Jr. for setting it up! #wevegotthis
Just in time for the 4th. Great work Performance Signs! The patriotism is dripping with this one.
The co-op’s fiber network now is available to 40,000 homes and businesses, 90% of which lack other options for broadband service, said Bruce Maurhoff, Firefly’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.
“We placed 14.5 million feet of strand and lash fiber on poles and another 3 million feet in conduit underground,” he said. “That is enough fiber to reach from the first pole where we began in Appomattox all the way to Anchorage, Alaska. And we did it in 52 months.”
Following the onset of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global lockdowns, the need for reliable broadband and increased wireless bandwidth across the world became more urgent than ever.
From companies embracing remote work, to online schooling and telehealth, the need to get every home in North America connected became a necessity. Subsequently, there has been a massive influx of funds necessary to complete these significant projects from federal, state, and local governments to RUS grants, RDOF Funding, CARES Act Funding, ReConnect, VATI, as well as numerous others.
This impact has now finally allowed rural America to compete with urban America in both business and educational opportunities. Helping to carry out this vast transformation is S&N Communications (S&N).
With the diverse utility industry currently booming, it has become fruitful with opportunities in every corner of business, including ever-expanding wireless networks, power distribution upgrades, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and rural broadband buildouts.
However, along with those opportunities comes a set of challenges, such as workforce shortages, material delays, and equipment shortages.
Putting challenges aside, Sean Davis, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of S&N, believes that the rural broadband push is perhaps the most exciting development to occur in recent history.
“During the past few decades in the telecom world, last-mile residents, businesses and schools were often overlooked by major telecom companies due to lower returns on their investments,” he opens.
“I have always been interested in this field mainly because of my father’s experience in the industry. I remember many of his interesting stories throughout his career. While it can be challenging, it can also be rewarding,” Davis adds.
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) recently celebrated the conclusion of its rural broadband project and reaching the milestone of 20,000 connections. CVEC launched its fiber project in 2018 and offers internet and phone service through Firefly Fiber Broadband SM, its wholly-owned subsidiary.
CVEC and Firefly accelerated their efforts to make broadband service available to all 39,000 CVEC members
and completed mainline fiber construction of over 4,000 miles of fiber at the end of 2022 for a project total of $150 million.
The project was scheduled to be completed at the end of 2023, but construction concluded a full year early.
S&N is proud to be a partner with such a great group like CVEC and look forward to working together in the future.