Broadband access Community Development

Plan to Vote, Steward Your Neighbor

If you are reading this blog post, your are likely to have access to the internet. With the next election on November 3, 2020; plan your vote.

Get personalized voting information:
– See What’s On Your Ballot
– Check Your Voter Registration
– Find Your Polling Place
– Discover Upcoming Debates In Your Area

Also, please steward your community hubs by assisting with access and knowledge of how to effectively use the internet.

The Western North Carolina Broadband Project Team is advocating for education, telemedicine, and economic opportunities leveraging high speed internet.

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PODS – Positive Opportunities Develop Success

Asheville City Schools has planned the implementation of PODS or ‘Positive Opportunities Develop Success’ including making WiFi available.

Opportunities in a digital-divide educational environment are challenging and communities need to advocate for creative broadband solutions.

WLOS PODS article

Asheville City Schools – PODS webpage

The Western North Carolina Broadband Project captains the development of broadband advocacy, education, initiatives, mapping, outreach, funding, and policies for high speed internet.

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WNC WiFi Lot Maps

Do you need to find an available, free broadband location in Western North Carolina? Bring your own mobile device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) that is fully charged to:

  • Check email
  • Search the web
  • Work on school, homework, educational needs
  • Perform employment, job video conference needs
  • Participate in online communication
  • Use telehealth

The interactive maps linked below shows lot-locations in WNC where broadband is available. Resize the map and click on the map locations for more details.

Land of Sky (LOS) Regional Council Counties

WNC Counties include:

  • Buncombe
  • Madison
  • Henderson
  • Transylvania

Southwestern Commission WiFi Lot Map

Southwestern Commission Council of Governments area map.

WNC Counties include:

  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Swain
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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Broadband Access and Telemedicine in WNC

What is the state of healthcare and broadband access in Western North Carolina?

Only 3 of the 20 WNC counties were rated as having high broadband adoption rates or the percentage of the population (or households) that subscribes to broadband service.

The 5 main barriers to broadband adoption according to are:

1) Unavailability of broadband
2) Cost and affordability of service
3) Cost of computers, laptops and other devices
4) Digital literacy or lack thereof
5) The internet’s perceived relevancy in a person’s daily life

#digtialliteracy #digitaldivide #ruralbroadband

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Fire Departments Role with Online Learning

How many students in Buncombe County do NOT have internet at home?

What is Jackson County’s doing to address this rural issue?

Could this happen in Buncombe County with 40% of the students studying from home?

Mobile Data Rural WiFi

SC Temporary Fix to Broadband Problem

It’s happening in WNC too.

Temporary mobile hotspots for students.

Office of Regulatory Staff is working on short-term solutions aimed at helping students take their classes virtually.

ORS is prepared to buy as many as 150,000 mobile hotspots for students in kindergarten through 12th grade as well as for technical school and college students whose families meet certain income requirements.

Support the Western North Carolina Broadband project today!


Transylvania County Broadband Improvements

County Manager Jaime Laughter said the county has been working on broadband efforts within the very limited abilities state statutes give counties.

Those efforts include:

•Providing free Wi-Fi at nine community centers

•Working with WEST NGN through Land of Sky on regional broadband opportunities.

The county is currently a part of an ARC Grant to solicit better service for the Balsam Grove Community Center.

Through this effort, the county also has worked to show the speeds and affordability needs communities have to companies.

•The county is advocating through the North Carolina County Commissioner Association at the state level for better tools for broadband access. Both funding for broadband initiatives and state law changes to empower communities to introduce competition and expand access are at the top of the association’s legislative goals.”

Transylvania County Public WiFi

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the ‘Homework Gap’ Video Will Shock You

70% of teachers assign homework that requires access to the internet.

Yet, 5 million families with school aged children do not have access to high speed internet at home.

the ‘Homework Gap’ is here

Support the Western North Carolina Broadband Project to improve the homework gap by contacting a member of the WNCBP Leadership Team.

#digitalinclusion #digitaldivide #digitalliteracy