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North Carolina Joins FirstNet

“North Carolina took a step today toward strengthening public safety and emergency preparedness by clearing the way for its first responders to join FirstNet, the first nationwide broadband network specifically built for public safety agencies.”

Full article can be found HERE.


ERC Broadband receives Corporate Impact Award

The ERC is proud to announce it has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Corporate Impact Award at the NC Tech Awards. Winners were recognized at the annual awards gala on Thursday, Nov 9, in Durham. The NC Tech Awards is North Carolina’s only statewide technology awards program recognizing companies and individuals who have characterized excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Hunter Goosmann, ERC’s Executive Director and CEO, said, “This is a wonderful affirmation of the role the ERC team plays in communities across western North Carolina.”


Verizon abandons 8500 Rural Customers

Verizon has notified 8,500 customers via letter that it will ‘no longer be their service provider after October 17, 2017,’ because these customers have been using ‘a significant amount of data’ while roaming on partner networks. Customers in Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin have been affected, a Verizon spokesperson told Ars Technica . Many of these customers were on unlimited data plans, but are still being cut off for using too much data.”


Land of Sky releases Broadband RFN

The Land of Sky Regional Council has released a Request for Negotiation (RFN) for advanced #broadband services. The project is named the “West Next Generation Network” or WestNGN. The RFN can be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed HERE.

The above link also includes specifications and instructions for responding to the RFN. Additional information can be obtained at the Land of Sky Regional Council offices located at 339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806.