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Bristol, Virginia

Bristol is an independent city in Virginia, bounded by Washington County, Virginia and Sullivan County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,367. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia with Washington County for statistical purposes. Along with Kingsport, Tennessee and Johnson City, Tennessee the Bristols form the Tri-Cities.


Bristol is located at 36°36'40?N, 82°10'34?W (36.611116, -82.176193)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.1 km˛ (13.2 mi˛). 33.4 km˛ (12.9 mi˛) of it is land and 0.7 km˛ (0.3 mi˛) of it (2.05%) is water.


Despite its relatively small size, Bristol, Virginia boasts one of the most advanced broadband networks in the country. Bristol Virginia Utilities, BVU OptiNet (BVU) started planning a fiber optic deployment in the city in the late 1990’s. By the year 2001, BVU had been granted approval by the City Council of Bristol for a full deployment of a Fiber to the premises (FTTP or FTTU, fiber to the user). This project was to offer competition to local incumbents and provide broadband Internet, cable TV, and telephone service to the residents of Bristol. This deployment was one of the first of its kind in the United States and was widely watched by the telecommunications industry. A system known as Passive optical network (PON) was successfully deployed to over 6000 customers in a matter of 2 years.

Today, Bristol Virginia is still one of only a few FTTU deployments in the country with a significant amount of customers online. Bristol’s twin, Bristol Tennessee is also deploying a FTTU system similar to their neighbors across the state line.

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Bristol hosts the Bristol White Sox baseball team of the Appalachian League.

NASCAR driver Kelly Denton is from the city.



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