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11//17//17

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.


09//20//17

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.”


08//09//17

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.


07//20//16

Municipalities band together to draw high-speed Internet

Blue Ridge Now also covers the WestNGN effort. See the article HERE.


07//18//16

Getting the Internet to everyone in WNC

“As the number of digital devices and demand for high-speed internet grows for individuals and businesses, the question of how to achieve greater reach continues to be asked. The answer, while not easy, appears to be emerging in partnerships and unique efforts throughout Western North Carolina.”

Getting the Internet to everyone in WNC (links to Asheville Citizen-Times)