YORK COUNTY — Glo Fiber, powered by Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) will bring its fiber-optic network to the northern part of York County with construction slated to start in the beginning of 2023.
The expansion will provide high-speed data, streaming TV, and digital phone service to nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in the County.
The York County Board of Supervisors approved the cable franchise agreement in March.
“The Internet has become a vital tool for everyone, from students to homeowners to businesses. York County is happy to welcome Shentel’s Glo Fiber network as an option for our community’s communication needs,” said Tim Wyatt, York County’s director of Information Technology.
The announcement is part of the company’s plan to build a network in the Tidewater Region, along with agreements to expand to Williamsburg and James City County.
Shentel’s agreement only applies to the northern part of the County as “the company’s proposed infrastructure will only allow them to service residents in that district based on proximity,” according to a Feb. 28 memorandum from County Administrator Neil Morgan.
“Requiring them to service the entire County would not be a practical business option and thus was rejected by them during negotiations,” the memo added.
Shentel, a 119-year-old company based out of Shenandoah Valley, was founded as a phone company. Today, it offers broadband and other services to residents in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland.
Glo Fiber provides fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) internet access, streaming TV, and phone service in the Mid-Atlantic region, with optional wall-to-wall Wi-Fi service, allowing customers to connect anywhere in their home or business.
“York County is a diverse community with many of its residents running small businesses, attending nearby academic institutions, and serving in our armed forces. We’re proud to help better meet their communications needs by bringing Glo Fiber’s connectivity to this market,” Chris Kyle, vice president of Industry and Regulatory Affairs at Shentel, said. “We look forward to providing high-speed internet and exceptional customer service as we broaden our offerings to the Tidewater region.”