Firefly Fiber Broadband celebrates five years in business; brings world-class, gigabit-speed fiber broadband to tens of thousands of underserved Central Virginians.

Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, along with its board of directors and industry partners, is delighted to celebrate another milestone year of connection successes.

Firefly was born out of a desire to bridge the digital divide and provide reliable, high-speed internet to over 38,000 CVEC members, thus improving their quality of life. Its customer-centric services were designed with no contracts or data caps and offer symmetrical upload and download speeds with no slowdowns. 

Customers, like Regina R. from Amherst County, are eager to share their Firefly stories. 

“What a wonderful blessing to finally get Firefly in my home last year!” says Regina. “I went from no internet to dial-up to sitting in my car at the local McDonald’s parking lot to download things. Now, I can stream and watch shows from the comfort of my sofa! Thank you, Firefly!”

The $150-million investment has succeeded in delivering over 22,000 connections, exceeding 3,600 miles of built fiber, and passing more than 40,000 homes and businesses. 

And there’s no slowing down.

Profound growth and expansion will be seen over the next two years as Firefly expands beyond the CVEC territory. Through its Regional Internet Service Expansion project, Firefly will partner with Appalachian Power, Dominion Energy and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to provide universal broadband service to all underserved locations across 13 counties. For more information about the RISE project, visit

“The power of partnerships and the grant funds available on the local, state and federal levels have made this expansion a possibility,” says Firefly President and CEO Gary Wood. Rural Central Virginians will have access to reliable and affordable fiber broadband and no longer grapple with connectivity for work, education, health, business and entertainment.”

–Report by Marci Malinowski, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Firefly Fiber Broadband.