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Through significant diligence by the ERC Network team lead by Chuck McCurry, the ERC has joined MANRS ( after being certified as an “Internet Operator”. The ERC is the 82nd US-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) to obtain this certification out of 529 worldwide. MANRS is a global initiative supported by the Internet Society, that “..provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats.”

ISPs can and do create issues within the Internet by poor practices and configurations. The basic premise of MANRS is that it is our mutual job with other ISPs to participate in the global Internet as best as possible and be a good-neighbor to the rest of the BGP universe. For more information, please see


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.”


Former ERC Employee Max Lennon Dies

It is with sadness that we share the news that a former ERC employee has passed away. Max Lennon, who worked with the ERC until 2004 and then started the partner organization Education & Research Services (also nonprofit) where he served as President, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
The ERC offers its deepest condolences to his family.
His funeral will be Monday, December 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Asheville First Baptist Church.


Waynesville enters agreement to expand broadband

The Smoky Mountain News covers WestNGN (a project the ERC is heavily engaged in). Check out the article HERE.


**Network Management Update**

To all ERC customers, please be aware of the change to the ERC network management policy.

“The ERC blocks Character Generator Protocol (CHARGEN) at the ERC network edge.”

This change is due to the lack of benign uses between networks and it’s predominant abuse. Should any ERC customer have any question, concern, or issue with this, then please contact the ERC at your convenience.