Wintergreen is becoming part of the one percent, at least technologically: According to 2017 data from the Federal Communications Commission, less than one percent of the nation has two or more providers of broadband fiber.
Before the end of this year, most property owners and businesses at Wintergreen will be able to choose between two providers providing speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.
One provider is the small, long-time cable TV service, Nelson Cable.
The new ISP is called FireFly, which is a project of Wintergreen's electric utility, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. CVEC plans to bring high-speed internet to their entire multi-county service area.
Both Firefly and Nelson Cable have no usage caps.
Both ISPs offer VoIP phone for an additional monthly fee.
Nelson Cable offers cable TV services, Firefly does not.
The fiber options from both firms includes some technical support–Firefly offers "Managed WiFi," Nelson Cable provides a service called TechHome. Firefly's service comes with a wifi-modem router, Nelson Cable provides a modem that customers can link to their own wifi equipment.
Both ISPs offer customized setups at an additional charge.
A year ago download speeds of 25 Mbps was highest speed available for most here. Fiber-type speeds were coming, but it was either not widely available or it was expensive to install. Thanks to both competition and new technologies, the available internet speeds available at Wintergreen will be more widely available, extremely higher and prices will be coming down. The question now is, when?
"Soon" was the best answer regarding specific dates of available services at Wintergreen. Both ISPs are currently rolling out lines and installing new systems. A few areas of Wintergreen have some higher level services now. Others in or near Wintergreen may not see the new offerings until fall or later. The service providers are targeting individual households with offers as they extend their reach.
Here is the current status and schedule of when the new services are coming. This information was pieced together from information on the websites of both ISPs, news reports, WPOA, talking with contractors, and answers to our emailed questions to the ISPs: