Through significant diligence by the ERC Network team lead by Chuck McCurry, the ERC has joined MANRS (www.manrs.org) 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 https://www.manrs.org/about/


Pandemic Builds Momentum for Infrastructure

The coronavirus pandemic is boosting momentum for major broadband legislation, highlighting the widespread lack of high-speed internet in U.S. homes at a time when it has become more essential than ever. The full article can be found HERE.


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.”