April 11, 2017, Vienna, Virginia – Declaration Networks Group has been working with local partners since early 2016 to deploy a high speed broadband network under a cooperative business model. DNG completed a network design to provide the foundation for a broadband network deployment in targeted unserved areas in Northampton County and is now building out to Accomack County. The Eastern Shore of Virginia consists of these two counties, Accomack and Northampton, on the Atlantic coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. The 70-mile-long region is part of the Delmarva Peninsula and is separated from the rest of Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay
DNG has hired local sales and technical service representatives to install and serve residential and business customers on the Eastern Shore. The company has established a centralized 7/24/365 customer service center and network operations center to monitor and proactively manage its state-of-the art broadband network. DNG will complete its fourth expansion phase in the second quarter of 2017 and continue to focus on installing new customers as additional communities are brought on line.
The initial demonstration network incorporated leading edge wireless network technology to extend broadband services to residential homes and business locations, providing broadband access speeds from 10 Mbps to over 100 Mbps at customer locations. Additional network deployment began in the 2nd quarter of 2016 to nine additional service areas, with the first four service areas coming online in April 2016 and five others by November 2016. Three additional communities in Accomack County are coming on line at present and the sixth service area expansion is scheduled for completion by June 2017.
The broadband access network leverages an innovative network design and unlicensed spectrum to extend broadband access services to customer locations. DNG aggregates Internet services at a local data center to interface with commercial fiber transport networks. DNG has established a 1 Gbps Internet point of interconnection on the Eastern Shore for the network which will be expanded as customers are installed on the new broadband network.
Warren Brasselle, Vice President of Networks Operations, said, “We are steadily working on the foundational design and deployment of a commercial quality local broadband infrastructure network to connect homes and small business with high speed broadband and voice service under our NeuBeam service brand. The broadband network leverages innovative fiber and wireless technologies to extend service to our NeuBeam communities.”
Providing robust Internet services benefits Eastern Shore communities in many ways to improve customers’ quality of life, access to on line information and services, entertainment and educational videos. We especially love helping grandparents being able to video chat with their extended families. One NeuBeam customer, Rick Barnes of Machipongo, Virginia said, “We are enjoying the service and have used FaceTime for the first time ever with our grandkids. We had never been able to do that before.”
“NeuBeam customers are for the first time enjoying affordable, high speed access to the Internet in many of the Eastern Shore communities that we have expanded service to,” said Bob Nichols, CEO of Declaration Networks Group, Inc. “DNG has made a significant investment in network deployments and hiring local sales and technical representatives to service their neighbors. The local workforce leverages our central customer service operations. Having enhanced Internet is critical to the needs of both Northampton and Accomack County residents and visitors alike.”
DNG was recently recognized by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Rural Telecom Congress at the 2017 Broadband Summit in Dallas, Texas for their approach and success in bringing high speed broadband to rural communities under a cooperative business model.