The Wired Road Authority is a collaborative effort between private sector service providers, the local governments of Grayson County, Carroll County, and the City of Galax, and the Carroll-Grayson-Galax Regional Industrial Facilities Authority (dba Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority). It's purpose is to provide the critical enabling infrastructure to transform the regional economy into a dynamic, small business, and entrepreneurial economy. This transformation, enabled by The Wired Road and a complementary economic development focus on attracting and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, will allow the region’s economy to spawn new businesses, generate jobs, create wealth, and protect the rural character of our region.
The Wired Road network has been in operation for over ten years and is a true public/private partnership with 3 service providers offering last mile services on the network. The Wired Road is an open access, fully integrated fiber and wireless regional broadband network offering "big broadband" 100 megabit and Gigabit fiber connections and multi-megabit wireless connections in Carroll, Grayson, and Galax.
Currently, the Wired Road starting a network extension which will connect fiber in Galax with fiber in Hillsville. It is also expanding it's wireless coverage and constructing "community poles" to get service to areas that couldn't be reached before. Fiber currently passes approximately 750 homes and businesses and the wireless point to point network extends over 200 miles.