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Lumos Networks is expanding its Virginia fiber footprint with the addition of 12,000 homes and businesses in five communities.

The project, which the company says will be completed by the end of next year, will bring an all-fiber network to Augusta and Bedford counties and the communities of Stuarts Draft, Crozet, and Waynesboro. Construction will begin immediately, with some of the communities coming online in March. The project will be completed in the fall. Parts of Lynchburg are included.

“Our ambition is to bring gig-speed fiber internet to as many communities as possible across Virginia and beyond,” Lumos CEO Diego Anderson said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to announce our 2022 plans to bring a future-proof network to even more of Virginia.”

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Lumos serves almost 200,000 homes and businesses in Virginia and, under the NorthState brand, in North Carolina. The Mid-Atlantic based carrier was recently spun out from regional provider Segra, after it was acquired from Cox Communications.

In January, Lumos received a $1.36 million award from The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI). The investment is partially funding a project in Botetourt County. The goal is to bring broadband fiber to 548 addresses, including 30 businesses.

The grant will cover about 52% of costs. The remainder, according to the press release, “will be contributed in partnership with Lumos…and Botetourt County.”

The funding enabled the service provider to establish installation timelines for the project, which includes the installation of 59 miles of fiber. The company said that many of the addresses would have service by the end of the year and that the remainder would have access by the middle of 2022.

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