Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth areas without Verizon Fios get $83M high-speed internet from competitor – The Virginian-Pilot

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South Hampton Roads residents who have waited years for fiber internet could get the service offered by a competing provider.

Lumos, a Waynesboro-based broadband internet provider, plans to spend $83 million to install fiber in parts of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth. The coverage area will reach nearly 85,000 Hampton Roads residents and businesses, according to a July 21 announcement.

“These communities are going to get fiber for the first time, and it’s a transformative experience,” said Jay Winn, Chief Customer Officer of Lumos.

The company likes to expand into areas without competing fiber providers, so parts of Hampton Roads not covered by the Verizon Fios network made sense, Winn said. Lumos will install more than 760 miles of network in a hodgepodge of locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth.

In Portsmouth, Winn said the company will focus on areas south of the Elizabeth River that don’t have fiber access. In Chesapeake, it’s Deep Creek North, Deep Creek South, South Norfolk, and along the northern end of Great Bridge Boulevard. Finally, in Virginia Beach, the company will install a network in parts of Pungo, Sandbridge, Sigma, North Virginia Beach and along Nimmo Parkway, Salem Road and Lynnhaven Parkway.

Notably, the service won’t go to places with Fios or to Norfolk, where Metronet is installing its own fiber service. Mayor Kenny Alexander announced Metronet’s plans in April 2021 during the State of the City Address. Construction started early 2022 near the Five Points intersection, and is progressing through several neighborhoods, according to a construction progress site.

Lumos service costs will depend on internet speeds, Winn said. For 500 megabits per second, the costs will be around $50 per month. One gigabit per second will cost around $60-80 per month, and 2 gigabits per second will cost around $100 per month.

The advantage of fiber, over cable, is that the technology has a higher capacity of 100 gigabits per second, Winn said. Thus, the service is relatively scalable.

Construction of Lumos is expected to begin in 2023, and it will take about two years to build the network, Winn said.

Trevor Metcalfe, 757-222-5345, [email protected]

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