Construction Update

February 2024 Fiber Construction Update

EMPOWER continues to aggressively build out our fiber network across the service area and our high-speed service is now available to nearly 10,000 homes and businesses with over 5,000 of those locations taking advantage of this terrific service. At the end of this three-year project, we will have over 3,500 miles of fiber cable installed across portions of six counties, bringing access to over 35,000 customers in Southside Virginia; thanks to our partners in the Regional Broadband Expansion Project. As we continue to connect subscribers daily across portions of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Pittsylvania counties, please check back regularly for updates to this schedule.

In addition to the areas listed below as Current Construction Projects, service is available to many homes and businesses in areas already completed. To check the eligibility of your address, please go to our website, the Empower Broadband Website and click “Check Availability”. Our registration process will guide you through completing an application if service is currently available, or it will register your interest for a future build.

You can also view the EMPOWER Eligibility Map to see if your address is included in the three-year Regional Broadband Expansion Project. This map is color coded and will show you which phase (year) of the project that your address is planned. As we begin working in new areas, those will be added to the list below to keep you updated on which part of the Construction Project and Phase we are in.

Please note: There are six basic steps in the construction process. Once we begin working in your area, please allow approximately six months for total completion. This timeline is contingent upon weather, permit approvals and the availability of materials.

Area Description Status
Brunswick County
Brandi Circle off Gasburg RoadUnable to get Easement Approval
Poythress Road off Gasburg RoadUnable to get Easement Approval
Birdsong RdHome Installs
Benton/Hell's Island RdHome Installs
Huckstep (west end)Drop Construction
Robinson Ferry/GasburgDrop Construction
Pigeon PathDrop Construction
Elam RdDrop Construction
Wray Rd/Evans Creek RdMainline Construction
Charlotte County
Shelton Hall Rd, Tates Mill Rd, Rocky Rd to 92Home Installs
Hwy 15 South to Laconia RdHome Installs
Carrington Rd, Rutledge RdHome Installs
Whitlow Rd, Jones Store RdHome Installs
Laconia RdHome Installs
Kings Hwy to Fort MitchellMainline Construction
Moody Creek/Jackson VaughanDrop Splicing
Cargill's CreekHome Insalls
Tobacco Hill Rd and Horse HornDrop Construction
Hebron Church RdMainline Construction
Deupress Store RdMainline Construction
Greensville County
Chapman's Ford Rd/Greenleaf RdMainline Construction
Brink Rd/Macedonia Rd/Doyles Lake/Quarry RdMainline Construction
Independence Church Rd/Ruby Trl/Bowen Rd/Doyles LakeMainline Construction
Halifax County
VATI Extension, East Hitesburg Church Rd, Red Bank Rd, Rice School Rd, Wise Loftis Rd, Rip Rap Rd, John Puryear Trail, Wilborn Rd, North Fork Church RdDrop Splicing/Home Installs
Hodges Street off Howard P AndersonAwaiting Railroad Crossing Permit
Leighwood Trl and Sweeney TrailHome Installs
Chestnut RdHome Installs
Hwy 501 Bannister River to Murphy GroveMainline Construction
Murphy Grove Rd to Younger's StoreHome Installs
Beulah RdHome Installs
Easley Hill TrailHome Installs
Ridgeway Rd/Adams Trl/Pitt TrlHome Installs
Farmer Trail/McNear TrailHome Installs
Logan RdHome Installs
Buffalo RdDrop Splicing
Bull Creek RdDrop Splicing
Rock Barn RdDrop Splicing
Cody Rd/Golden Leaf Rd/Tobacco RdHome Installs
Runaway Rd/Beale's LaneHome Installs
Newbill School Rd to Difficult CreekDrop Construction
Sandy Ridge Rd S of Cherry CreekDrop Construction
Mulberry Rd/Felix RdDrop Splicing
Asbury Church Rd/Jones TrlDrop Construction
Thompson Store RdMainline Construction
Liberty Rd/Chisolm Trail/Beaver PondHome Installs
Waller Rd/Pumping Hill/Felix RdSplicing
Hog Wallow/Clarkton RdMainline Construction
Brad Smith TrlDrop Construction
Ramble Rd/South Nichols Ferry Trail/Arrington TrlDrop Construction
Mecklenburg County
Miles Creek Rd, Skyline Rd, Pack Rd, Deer Run Rd, Wagon Wheel RdHome Installs
Anchor CoveHome Installs
St. TammanyHome Installs
Buckhead and Hawks NestHome Installs
Cannon's Ferry & Cliffs on RoanokeMainline Construction
River RoadMake Ready
Gordon Lake RdDrop Splicing/Home Installs
Landfill RdDrop Splicing/Home Installs
Red Gate Rd, Baskerville Rd, Bowers Rd, Busy Bee Rd, Gordon Lake Rd, Camp RdDrop Splicing/Home Installs
Merrymount, Granite HallHome Installs
Trottingridge Rd/Bluestone Creek RdDrop Construction/Home Installs
Dairy Farrm RdMainline Construction
New Hope RdHome Installs
Hwy 49 to Trottinridge Rd/Jones RdDrop Splicing/Home Installs
Hwy 49 towards Chase CityHome Installs
Hwy 49 to Wilbourne RdHome Installs
Hwy 15 to Bluestone BridgeDrop Construction/Splicing
Lakefront Drive/Mooresville RoadDrop Splicing
Island Creek/Ponderosa LnDrop Construction
Cuscowilla to Phyllis RdMainline Construction
Route 4 to Allen CreekDrop Construction
Clarksville Substation to Island Creek SubstationDrop Construction
Hwy 15/Noblin Farm Rd to Shiney Rock RdDrop Construction
Palmer Springs/Buggs Island RdMainline Construction
Alexander Ferry Rd/Mineral Springs RdMainline Construction
Hinton Mill Rd/Smith Creek DrMainline Construction
Airport Rd/Brickfield RdMainline Construction


Please note that the above descriptions are general areas and may not cover entire roads or areas. The descriptions generally list the route the fiber is installed. Please “Check Availability” at the Empower Broadband Website to verify eligibility.**

We will continue to send updates on the status of our fiber construction. Hang in there while we bring you the best of the best … fiber! We appreciate your patience and support.

If you have any questions regarding projects, our crews, or anything related to EMPOWER’s services, please contact us at 1-833-RURALBB (1(833) 787-2522),  434-636-2274, or by Contacting Us. You can always stay up to date with our progress by visiting the Empower Broadband Website or follow us on Facebook.