Bristol is a small town located in southwest Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Highlands. The town is on the Tennessee border where it has a twin sister also named Bristol, directly across from it. The two Bristols share a common downtown district on State Street which divides the two states. For a small town, Bristol is known to have one of the most advanced broadband systems in the country which they began implementing in the 1990’s. It is more famously known for being the actual “Birthplace of Country Music”, as auditions and recordings were first made there for national distribution, and included such names as the Carter family and Tennessee Ernie Ford, (who was born on the Tennessee side of the street).