Virginia Everywhere, a new Ashburn-based company, is acquiring Roadstar Internet Inc. as part of its effort to improve the quality of broadband Internet service available throughout the state.
Roadstar was founded by Marty Dougherty in 2002 to provide wireless broadband service to homes and businesses, primarily in rural western Loudoun. Over the past decade, the company has grown to become the region’s top wireless Internet service providers.
Virginia Everywhere President Jimmy Carr said Dougherty has been at the forefront of fast developing access technology for two decades and will serve as the company’s vice president of technology.
The company’s first focus will be expanding service in Loudoun using hybrid wireless and fiber-optic networks.
“We are excited about this partnership and to begin upgrading the broadband infrastructure in Loudoun County. Roadstar’s customers and their neighbors will be the first to benefit from the substantial investments we will be making,” Carr said. Roadstar has about 2,000 customers.
While the company will begin in Loudoun, the vision is broader. “We call it Virginia Everywhere for a reason,” Carr said.
“Loudoun County is the home of the global Internet and it is also our home,” Carr added. But the firm’s long-term goal is to bring broadband access to communities where the current options are too slow, too expensive or don’t exist.
“We want to provide choices and options throughout Virginia where people don’t have them,” he said.
“This transition will result in significant improvements for our customers, deployment of the newest technologies, and expansion into new areas,” Dougherty said in a statement.
Virginia Everywhere and Roadstar expect to complete the transition by early fall. Roadstar customers will receive additional updates, but are promised there will be no disruption of service or changes to email accounts.
Noting Loudoun’s Board of Supervisors has acknowledged the importance of broadband services, Carr said the company is interested in hearing from others who want to help expand Internet access—including governments, community organizations and Internet service providers seeking additional capital.