Blue Ridge Energy and SkyBest fiber optic cable expansion is underway.
October 18, 2022
Representatives of Blue Ridge Energy and SkyLine Membership Corporation/SkyBest Communications, Inc.
met with members of the Watauga County Commission on October 6 to provide the latest update on fiber construction activity in eastern Watauga County, where crews from both companies built both a aerial and underground fiber that will bring gigabit-enabled broadband connectivity to residents and businesses. The two companies have completed 75 miles of construction across Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the Elk Creek/Powderhorn, Stony Fork/Wildcat, Blackberry/Sampson and Howard’s Creek/Ray Brown areas), and as part from Phase 1 of the project, there are currently 62 active fiber customers now connected to broadband services through SkyBest Communications. With $7.5 million in funding from the Watauga County Board of Commissioners, a total of 150 miles of aerial and underground fiber will be constructed by Blue Ridge Energy and SkyLine/SkyBest over the next two and a half years to serve over 1,700 unserved or underserved locations. For For more information on this project, visit www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com.