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Sunset Statement on Gubernatorial Debate and Increasing Access to Broadband in Southwest Virginia

October 9, 2017

(DUFFIELD, Va.) – The two major-party candidates for Governor meet tonight in Southwest Virginia for their third, and final, debate before the November 7th election. Both candidates support broadband expansion to rural Virginia, and we appreciate this commitment to help families and businesses across the region. “Without broadband, rural Virginia cannot compete in today’s economy,” said Paul Elswick, President and CEO of Sunset. “We appreciate both candidates support and commitment to expanding access in particular to areas in Southwest Virginia.”

Sunset is poised to expand coverage in its and OptiNet’s footprint beginning this fall after completion of acquisition of OptiNet from BVU Authority. The service area will include Lee, Wise, Washington, Russell, Dickenson, Tazewell, Buchanan, Smyth, Wythe, and Bland Counties, as well as the cities of Bristol and Norton.

About Sunset Digital Communications, Inc.
Sunset Digital is a next-generation fiber-optic services company based in Duffield, Va., that provides broadband Internet, private data, fiber-optic TV, telephone to residents, businesses, medical facilities, banks, and other Internet service providers. Sunset also has branch offices in Kingsport and Tazewell, Tenn.
Sunset Digital designs, constructs, and operates next-generation Fiber-to-the-Premises networks that provide private connectivity, Internet, and entertainment services to business, educational, and residential customers in Tennessee and Virginia. As a Tier II gig-to-the-home Internet provider, Sunset also direct-peers with all major Internet content providers and hosts content servers locally for full and fast data availability. Sunset’s Converged Packet Optical network carries the majority of the regional bandwidth for carriers and retail customers alike, providing continuous scalability and high availability at a low cost.
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