Department of Economic Development
City of Manassas
Contact: Nicole Smith, CEcD
Email: nsmith@ci.manassas.va.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 9, 2020

 

Manassas, VA — January 9, 2020 — The City of Manassas, Virginia, has received recognition as a “Fiber-Friendly City” from
BroadBandNow, an internet service rating website and an advocate for improving broadband speed, access and affordability
nationwide.

Over 90% of Manassas residents have access to fiber broadband services, which is one of the benchmarks and core best practices used as
criteria for this recognition. The City has 23 internet providers, eight of whom offer residential service, achieving broadband access for 92%
of residents. Manassas has taken additional steps to strengthen connectivity through a variety of initiatives, including free Wi-Fi
throughout Historic Downtown.

Connectivity and other technology considerations are an important piece of the puzzle for companies choosing Manassas as the
new home for their business. In recent years, Manassas has emerged as an outstanding location for new, relocating and expanding
businesses. Reasons include its strategic Northern Virginia location, affordability, business-centric local government, historic charm
and high quality of life.

According to BroadBandNow, Manassas is the 17th most connected city in Virginia. The average download speed in Manassas is
120% faster than the average in Virginia and 67.5% faster than the national average.

BroadBandNow is a leader in helping consumers across the nation find and compare internet service providers in their area. Their
Fiber-Friendly City initiative is part of the company’s ongoing effort to highlight excellent work being done by municipalities to close
the digital divide.

About the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development

The City of Manassas fosters economic development through collaborative partnerships, sustainable fiscal management and
supportive City services. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is directly responsible for business attraction, retention,
expansion and tourism initiatives in the City. As a resourceful and collaborative organization, we work in partnership with our key
stakeholders to ensure that we have what businesses need, including a highly educated and technical workforce with access to major
universities and first-class training providers. We take an active leadership role in all that we do, serving as a community builder,
collaborator and agent of economic growth. For help with your business needs please visit: https://choosemanassas.org/ or call
703.257.8882.
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