The Wired Road

"The path to prosperity and the future of the Twin Counties opened on Monday in Galax," according to The Carroll News.  "State and local officials joined together at the Rex Theatre to celebrate the launch of The Wired Road, a broadband deployment initiative geared at making sure all citizens and businesses in Carroll, Grayson and Galax [Virginia] have access to the Information Superhighway at the highest speeds possible."

Fiber switch hut in downtown Galax, Virginia, on The Wired Road

The Wired Road project was designed and built by Design Nine, a broadband network design and engineering services firm founded by Andrew Cohill.  Cohill is also the founder of Web Villages, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company.

In his press release, Cohill described the regional network as "the largest integrated fiber and wireless open access, open services municipal network in the United States."  He continued, "The high performance network will eventually provide services across more than 1,000 square miles of mountainous terrain in southwest Virginia." 

Wireless antenna on The Wired Road in Virginia

The full story is on Handshake 2.0 – Design Nine Announces The Wired Road – Integrated Fiber and Wireless Municipal Network.

To learn more about Andrew Cohill and The Wired Road, you can read the Design Nine blog, Technology Futures, follow Design Nine on Twitter @DesignNine, and read Clicking Back Over the Years – Most Wired Town in America and Most Wired Town: Building Community One Click at a Time - on Handshake 2.0.


  1. What a tribute, Andrew: "The path to prosperity and the future…"

    I'm also impressed at your delivery of a promise made. The optimism and hope in this press release from Carroll County, Virginia, dated May 25-31, 2008, was justified.

    Wired Road to Be an Asset

    – Anne Clelland

  2. Our office is just next to Design Nine (we've borrowed their Fujitsu ScanSnap on several occasions) and I know these guys bring expertise and hard-work to their community-network clients. Kudos to Design Nine on the Wired Road. And, it is certainly advantageous to Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax that such a great company is working for them.

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