Q: CAN I GET BROADBAND TO MY RESIDENCE?
A: The ESVBA is constructing an “Open Access” fiber optic network to enhance the broadband capabilities on the Eastern Shore. Currently, county schools (public & private), county governments, local healthcare providers, and federal government departments are a few of our customers connected to the network.
We are looking for additional service providers to use the ESVBA network to provide broadband services to small business and residential customers.
While we are not at that stage yet, we hope to be there soon.
Q: WILL THIS BE AN OPEN SOURCE NETWORK?
A: Any services the Authority offers would be on an open access basis. We are a public authority established under the Virginia Wireless Service Authorities Act. That Act requires that our activities be governed by Chapter 15, Title 56 regarding public authorities offering communication services, Paragraph 56-484-7.1 B.
Q: WHERE IS THE ESVBA’S NETWORK?
A: The ESVBA’s network consists of two major components:
1. The Backbone– This part of the ESVBA’s network begins at Wallops Island and runs south along the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Virginia Beach. Along this route, regeneration facilities are located in Wallops Island, Tasley, Exmore and Cheriton.
2. Community Networks– This part of the ESVBA’s network consists of regionalized networks that are connected to the backbone. Examples of the operational community broadband networks are:
d. Belle Haven
f. Willis Wharf
i. Cape Charles
Also see our coverage map here.
Q: WHAT IS ELAN?
A: An E-LAN is a multipoint-to-multipoint Ethernet Virtual connection defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum. It allows for a connection of three or more sites into one common broadcast domain. An E-LAN provides Layer-2 and above connectivity between multiple sites across the wide area and any site to any site communication.
Q: WHAT IS ELINE?
A: An E-Line is a point-to-point Ethernet Virtual connection defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum. It allows for a Layer-2 connection between two sites This service only allows customer traffic between the two sites that terminate the E-Line service and the backbone core sites.
Q: WHAT IS SONET?
A: SONET stands for Synchronous Optical Networking and is a protocol standardized by Telcordia in GR-253-CORE as a transport system using a digital hierarchy for transporting traffic frames over a synchronous infrastructure. SONET is essentially traffic neutral and can transport TDM, ATM, Ethernet and other protocols as well as being built with framing that supports error reporting and a capability of being highly fault-tolerant and extremely low failover times.
Q: WHAT IS IPv6?
A: The Internet uses a numbering system that was built to number each unique device and that numbering system is IPv4. The IPv4 numbering system had a limit of 32 bits which limited the total number of address to approximately 4 billion addresses (4.3×10^9). Over the decades since IPv4 became widely used and integrated into more and more organizations, the IPv4 space has become exhausted. IPv6 is the successor to IPv4 with limit of 128 bits which limits the total number of addresses to 340 undecillion addresses (3.4×10^38). This huge range is created to alleviate the IP address constraint as well as add features to a protocol that has been employed for almost four decades.