There will be a new internet, television, and phone service company coming to the City of Williamsburg that will compete with Cox Cable
Today, September 9, 2021 Williamsburg City Council “voted unanimously to approve a franchise agreement with Shenandoah Cable Television LLC, also referred to as Shentel, to provide broadband service in the City”. Currently Cox Communications is the only broadband provider in the City of Williamsburg and this situation is similar in other surrounding counties.
Today’s press release said that “Shentel will install a 100% fiber network, a type of broadband that is not currently available in the City, that will offer internet, television, and phone service. Fiber-optic technology allows data to be sent at faster speeds than other types of broadband connections.”
Residents of the City of Williamsburg will see construction beginning in 9 to 12 months; then it will take about two years for the installation. An important point is that “the infrastructure is built in a way that allows for future upgrades to multi-gigabit speeds”.
This franchise agreement with Shentel was set for a 10 year period, but does offer a five-year extension. Also noted is that there is not any financial cost to the City of Williamsburg.
“Offering competition for internet, television, and phone service is good for our residents and businesses,” Mayor Douglas Pons said. “High-speed internet has become a necessary utility. With more than one option, consumers should see lower costs for their broadband service in the near future.”
Now that Shentel is coming to the City of Williamsburg, residents of James City County and York County may wonder if it will be a competitor in their markets soon too.
Information for this post is taken directly from City of Williamsburg’s Website.