Scion and Airwave Bring Gigabit Internet Service to Virginia Tech

by Katie Sloan

Blacksburg, Va. — The network is designed to cut down on congestion, allowing each resident access to the fill gigabit of service.

The Village at BlacksburgBlacksburg, Va. — The Scion Group and Airwave Networks will provide an Internet amenity with speeds up to 1 gigabit to residents of The Village at Blacksburg near Virginia Tech, beginning in Fall 2014. The Village at Blacksburg becomes one of a few properties nationwide that has begun offering this level of Internet service, which will be capable of speeds several times faster than currently offered in the local market. The property will receive 1 gigabit of dedicated bandwidth to be shared among its residents, but network infrastructure will allow every resident access to the full bandwidth. The network was designed to avoid congestion.

The Scion Group and Airwave Networks have been working together for six years, with Airwave providing data and video services to nine properties currently or previously operated by Scion.

Scion purchased The Village at Blacksburg, which contains 1,056 beds in two and four bedroom apartments, in July 2013. Scion and its partner Virtus Real Estate Capital have begun investing approximately $4 million in property upgrades, including the gigabit-capable data network, as well as physical enhancements to apartment interiors and community amenities. The Village at Blacksburg is located approximately three-fourths of a mile north of the Virginia Tech campus.

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