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Broadband Survey

Asheville, NC (October 15, 2013) – Recently, NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker sent out an email asking for folks to participate in a survey that will “.. provide a more robust understanding of broadband’s impact on the state’s economy.” If you have received this, or want to partake as either an individual or corporation, check out this link. If you want to find out more, click on WRAL’s story here.


Bradley Cain Receives ’40 Under Forty’ Award

Asheville, NC (September 27, 2013) – Last night the Biltmore Beacon, in cooperation with the Young Professionals of Asheville, hosted its annual awards gala honoring forty of Asheville’s young leaders. Bradley Cain, the ERC’s Chief Operating Officer, was honored with a ‘40 Under Forty‘ award for his specific commitment to expanding the operations of the ERC as well for his commitment to the greater Asheville community through service on various Boards and committees. The ERC congratulates Bradley for receiving this honor and looks forward to his continued pursuit of excellence as part of the ERC team.


ERC Project to Support Local Emergency Communication Recognized by City

Asheville, NC (September 17, 2013) – The City of Asheville is recognizing the Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas (ERC), for their extensive work connecting 12 Fire Stations and 4 Police Stations to emergency dispatchers on September 17 at a ceremonial activation of the new fiber optic network.

“Fiber connection to our fire stations is a critical component of getting help to our citizens as quickly as possible,” says Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette. “Alerting our firefighters at fiber speeds shortens their response time by 400 percent. This equates to more lives saved and less property damaged by fires in our community, and also increases the safety of our firefighters.”

The event begins at 11:30 a.m.. Mayor Bellamy will open the ceremony at noon on the back lot of the Murphy-Oakley Community Center and Fire Station Building located at 749 Fairview Road.

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ERC completes its part in the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative

Asheville, NC (August 13, 2013)– Yesterday, MCNC, the nonprofit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), hosted a four city video conference entitled ‘Broadband for the Future’ to announce the completion of the second and final phase of the $144 million Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). The GLRBI was funded through grants from the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Significant matching funds – required to obtain the grants – came from groups such as the Golden LEAF Foundation ($24 million) and the MCNC Endowment ($10 million). The ERC, a private nonprofit broadband operator based in Asheville, was a subrecipient to MCNC for the GLRBI.

Held simultaneously at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, UNC Charlotte, Elizabeth City State University, and the Research Triangle Park MCNC campus, the celebration highlighted many accomplishments such as: the extended NCREN fiber optic network; the enhanced innovation opportunities across the State; the expanded support for  community anchor institutions; the increased opportunties for private sector partnerships.

Biltmore Farms CEO and ERC Board member Jack Cecil and ERC Executive Director Hunter Goosmann gave presentations at the event, along with Thomas Karl from the National Climatic Data Center. Other notable presenters included North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, NC Representative David Price, NC Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, NC Representative Jason Saine, and Golden LEAF Foundation CEO Dan Gerlach.

The ERC used its grant award to expand the ERC fiber optic footprint across western North Carolina, furthering its mission to increase broadband connectivity and technology adoption across WNC. For more information related to the ERC or the GLRBI, please call Jessica Stavish at (828) 350-2415 or email her at You can also find us on the web at For more information on MCNC, visit


ERC is Proud to be part of the Broadband Hero Program

Asheville, NC (June 6, 2013) – ERC is proud to be a part of the ‘Broadband Hero’ program. The NTIA recently honored 16 programs as broadband “heroes”. MCNC was named as the funds recipient for the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative of which the ERC is a subrecipient. Click here ( for more information.