Shenandoah Telecommunications said it will provide support services for the upcoming Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 4, at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
The company is providing a 10 gigabit fiber optic internet connection to support debate communications and internet access during the event. Shentel is also expanding current video outlets and associated services to multiple locations at Longwood University in order to provide video services for viewing parties across campus and the Farmville Virginia community.
The debate is expected to be the only one between Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine. Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have agreed to three debates, the first to take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26. Two other debates are scheduled for Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis and for Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this important event and help showcase the Farmville and Prince Edward community to the rest of the country,” said ShenTel senior vice president of operations Tom Whitaker in a statement. “Our team has been preparing for weeks to make sure all the technology is in place to ensure a successful event. It’s exciting to see everything coming together for October 4.”
Shentel is also partnering with C-SPAN, arranging opportunities for the Campaign 2016 tour bus to visit local students at Prince Edward High School and Hampden-Sydney College leading up to the debate.