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Broadband access Broadband funding FTTP Madison

High-Speed Internet for Madison County

In rural North Carolina, French Broad Electric Membership Corporation will use a $3.2 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to connect 4,056 people, 189 farms, 64 businesses, and two fire stations to high-speed broadband internet in Madison County.

#ruralbroadband #fibertothepremises #ReConnectProgram

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Broadband access Broadband funding Broadband in WNC Digital Divide Education

Divided WNC?

What is a solution to the digital divide?

Digital Inclusion


1) Access to affordable, high-speed Internet.
2) Access to a computer or laptop
3) Digital literacy or skills

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/nc-states-institute-for-emerging-issues-launching-a-grant-to-help-bridge-digital-divide/19198159/

#buncombe #digitalliteracy #ruralbroadband #digitalworkplace

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Broadband access Broadband funding Broadband in WNC Education WiFi

Commute for Internet Access

What does an individual do when broadband is not available to fulfill education, employment, governmental, or other life requirements? Is it your civil right?

Computers, cell phones, broadband, and other electronic resources are expensive and not always readily available. Additionally, the cost of broadband makes it three times more likely that households without internet service can be found in urban, rather than rural areas.

With young people soon returning to school, what is the strategy to make life necessities happen?

Doing Schoolwork in the Parking Lot Is Not a Solution


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/opinion/sunday/broadband-internet-access-civil-rights.html

Support the WNC Broadband Project today with education, advocacy, financial, or other resources to make broadband more accessible in Western North Carolina.

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Broadband access Buncombe WiFi

Outside Buncombe Library – Free WiFi Zone

Buncombe County Public Libraries have free wifi hotspots available outside any library building.

To use the wifi, look for the LibraryGuest network and use the password readmore.

The wifi is available all day every day, whether the library is open or not.

Please observe all Buncombe County social distancing and gathering requirements while using the wifi.

Questions? Call (828) 250-4700 or email library@buncombecounty.org.

https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/news_detail.aspx?id=18641

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Mobile Data

Cost of a Gig of Mobile Data

What is the cost of your mobile plan?

How much mobile data do you use?

Do the math and divide the cost of your mobile data by how much data you use and compare it to the cost of below.

Note the article lists the cost of a gig of data in the United States of America as being about $8.

https://www.younglistan.com/2020/07/what-does-1gb-of-mobile-data-cost-in-every-country-infographic.html

#mobiledata #internetaccess #infographic

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Broadband access Digital Divide Education Healthcare

Call for Action on Neglected Policy Proposals

NC faith leaders make a call for action on neglected policy proposals, including broadband access.

The health needs and education needs of North Carolinians are writ large by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing us to adapt on both fronts.

A major piece of this adaptation depends on the internet. Without high-speed internet, the sick cannot consult physicians and the children cannot complete school assignments.

In much the way that the Rural Electrification Act transformed our landscape from darkness to light in the mid-20th century, broadband access can transform shrinking worlds into endless horizons now in the 21st century.

The ripple effects of such an initiative will extend far beyond health and education into most sectors of the economy.

Read more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2020/07/02/nc-faith-leaders-call-for-action-on-neglected-policy-proposals/

Consider supporting our WNC Broadband Project today. Contact a member of our leadership team.

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Broadband access Digital Divide Economic Development Education Rural

Broadband Reality in North Carolina

The FCC reports that 93% of North Carolina’s population has access to the internet at the FCC threshold speeds of 25 Mbps. Of those without access, nearly 640,000 people live in sparsely populated areas.

How is internet broadband accessed? Broadband is accessed through a number of technologies including:

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Cable Modem
  • Fiber-Optic Cable (Fiber)
  • Wireless
  • Satellite
  • Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

As of December 2014, only 16% of North Carolinians adopted broadband in their homes compared to the national average of 37% at the recommended speed threshold (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload).

At this adoption rate, North Carolina ranked 40th out of the 45 reporting states.

More details are at:
https://www.ednc.org/perspective-the-reality-of-broadband-in-north-carolina/

broadband #NCSTEMScoreCard #StrategiesThatEngageMinds #economicgrowth