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EMPOWER Broadband Acquisition of BIT Overwhelmingly Approved by Members

Officials with EMPOWER Broadband and Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative (BIT) are pleased to announce that BIT’s Membership has overwhelmingly approved the acquisition and merger of BIT with Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) subsidiary, EMPOWER Broadband. The acquisition became official at a special meeting of the Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative (BIT) membership held on Nov.

MEC-EMPOWER Broadband Brings High-Speed Internet to Halifax County

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) fiber optic network that enables EMPOWER Broadband’s high-speed internet service is now expanding into Halifax County. In June of 2018, MEC began the initial construction and deployment of its 135-mile fiber backbone to connect its substations and three district offices; ultimately, this backbone will serve six Southside Virginia counties.

EMPOWER Broadband Commemorates First Home Fiber Connections with Launch Celebration

EMPOWER Broadband, the recently incorporated provider of high-speed broadband service in Southside Virginia, hosted a Launch Party on September 20 to celebrate its first three retail broadband connections. The casual luncheon was held at the outdoor pavilion of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), the holding company of EMPOWER Broadband.