About WNC Broadband Project

About the WNC Broadband Project

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service. The WNC Broadband Project develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

The WNC Broadband Project was created to augment what WestNGN has done to promote broadband among governmental units. Involving many of the same people, the WNC Broadband Project aims to provide information, support neighborhoods interested in ensuring access to high-speed internet service and advocate for an inclusive broadband strategy. The WNC Broadband Project intends to develop tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders to achieve area coverage and inclusiveness.

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West Next Generation Network (WestNGN) Broadband is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of high-speed broadband networks in Western North Carolina. WestNGN's goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive and at the forefront of emerging next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.

This effort is a collaboration by six municipalities, four counties, and two universities with support from Land of Sky Regional Council. As of Sept. 2019, WestNGN has sponsored three leadership summits on broadband, recruited at least one new provider to the region, conducted a survey of 8,000 residents, developed tools to assist communities (such as this website) and worked closely with state and local officials to promote better broadband services. In addition, Land of Sky is working with local governmental units to map vertical assets, provide advice, and build governmental support for broadband improvement.

WestNGN Contact Information

Sara Nichols

Land of Sky

Additional Information:

Land of Sky and WestNGN Broadband (Visit landofsky.org/westngnbroadband)

Broadband 101 -- update on WestNGN April 2019 Summit (View slideshow).

"Accelerating Opportunities' — a report on future broadband needs — Aug. 2017" (View PDF)