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Broadband access Broadband in WNC Digital Divide

Plan Your Internet

The urban/rural divide is in Western North Carolina. For high speed or broadband application including video conferencing while traveling; you will need to plan and test your internet. There are many parts of WNC that do not have terrestrial or wireless broadband.

The adults, parents, children should not be be at a disadvantage because of the lack of available internet as Representative Jake Johnson discusses in the video below.

Rural WNC should not be at an internet disadvantage!

Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.

The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.

The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Broadband in WNC Community Development Economic Development Real Estate

Real Estate and Broadband

A major determinant on the purchase of real estate is the availability of broadband says Representative Jake Johnson.

Watch the video below to learn more about the correlation of broadband and real estate for residential and economic development in Western North Carolina.

Real estate & broadband

“No reliable internet, the brakes are definitely put on.”


Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.

The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.

The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Broadband funding

NC Broadband Grants

North Carolina provides grant opportunities for communities to receive funding for broadband. As part of a continue snippet series of videos, Representative Jake Johnson discusses the GREAT grant.

The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of economically distressed counties. The grants help bring high-speed internet to thousands of North Carolinians, businesses and farms in the most rural and remote areas of the state. These areas include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties as well as rural census tracts located in development Tier 3 areas that are currently served by less than 25 megabytes per second download and 3 megabytes per second upload speeds.

The grants are available to private broadband service providers and are designed to connect these areas with broadband as quickly as possible.

https://www.ncbroadband.gov/grants/great-grant

Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project (Project) aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.

The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.

The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Broadband in WNC Data Maps Survey

Maps, Survey, Data

Broadband aspirations start with plans that are developed from data. As Representative Jake Johnson indicates in the video below, reliable service coverage data is needed for state, county, city, and community maps.

One of the layers of map data can be from your periodic speed-test survey on your home computer or mobile device.

For Homes & Businesses Without Internet Service

To report locations without internet service, participants can take the survey by phone. NC residents without internet service but with phones capable of text messaging can text “internet” to 919-750-0553. Standard text messaging rates will apply.

Can’t Text?

NC residents with landlines or cellphones that do not have texting capability may place a voice call to 919-750-0553. An interactive voice response system will guide them through a series of short questions to obtain the caller’s address and register it in the database as having no internet capability at all.

Rep Jake Johnson aspires “reliable service coverage maps”

Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.

The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.

The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Broadband in WNC Henderson NC General Assembly Polk Transylvania

Rep Jake Johnson Intro

Advocating for broadband requires community leadership from many areas, including the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Representative Jake Johnson, born and raised in Western North Carolina; introduces himself and relates personal stories of his Western North Carolina upbringing.

This is the first in a series of video snippets from Rep Jake Johnson.


Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service. 

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.  

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.  

The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.  

The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Affordability Community Development Relevancy

Across North Carolina, the barriers — and solutions — to broadband internet access for students and families are multi-layered

Digital access requires more than a physical connection.

There are factors of:

  • Affordability
  • Relevancy

A multi-faceted, short-and long-term approach to eliminating the digital divide in Western North Carolina.

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Broadband in WNC Healthcare Rural Telemedicine

Broadband & Community Health

Referencing several Western North Carolina counties, broadband adoption is corelated to health disparities.

A disproportionate number of individuals in the study area live without access to basic health care services and access to specialists, such as cardiologists, because of distance and limited provider availability.


Health care access is improved in areas where broadband and telehealth services exist.


Patients are more aware of their conditions and equipped with self-management techniques to seek medical care when concerns arise.

https://muninetworks.org/content/what-lack-broadband-and-telehealth-doing-western-north-carolina

How can WNC improve healthcare with broadband adoption?

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Broadband access Buncombe Education

Stories of Buncombe Internet

Buncombe County stories of the lack of reliable internet:

  • Pamela Smith’s household – not enough bandwidth for her four high-school-age daughters
  • Amanda Anderson’s household – satellite internet that proved insufficient for online learning for sons age 11 and 14

Barry Pace, director of technology for Buncombe County Schools, said teachers are helping families who have ongoing access issues by giving students hands-on learning kits, thumb drives loaded with assignments and alternative assignments as needed.

All public school students in Buncombe County receive an iPad or a Windows laptop, depending on their grade level, so the key issue is proximity to reliable internet.

But for students who are not in range of a cell tower or whose families can’t afford home internet, there is no quick fix.

#digitalinclusion #digitaleducation #digitaldivide #buncombe

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Buncombe Elections

Buncombe, Broadband, General Elections

Is broadband on your mind with the upcoming Buncombe elections?

Who mentions broadband in their campaign?

US Senate

Cal Cunningham | Priorities: Lower-cost, accessible healthcare; equitable economy + living wage; investing in rural broadband; raising teacher pay; spreading solar energy; protecting Roe v. Wade; common-sense gun reform; expanding voting rights + more

Thom Thillis (incumbent) | Priorities: Helped pass the Farm Bill; increase broadband access for rural communities; expand + maintain export markets for agricultural products; “right-sizing” solar tariffs; help with national park maintenance; secure borders and use merit-based immigration system; roll back wasteful Obama-era regulations; combat the opioid crisis

NC Commissioner of Agriculture

Jenna Wadsworth | Priorities: Farmland preservation; building resiliency into farm plans to address climate change; promoting hemp and cannabis legalization; increasing opportunities for farmers + rural communities; food science research; rural broadband access + more

Buncombe County Commission District 1

Terri Wells (D) | Priorities: Improving access to high-quality broadband internet; building more greenways + recreational assets; improving local education and increasing access; mitigating the effects of climate change; using tax dollars raised from tourism to improve the lives of residents. DYK: Terri is a ninth generation farmer in Sandy Mush. She serves on the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board and was a creator of the Farm Heritage Trail.

#votebroadband #buncombe #generalelections

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Router WiFi

Boost Your WiFi

How can you boost your Wi-Fi signal?

Boosting your Wi-Fi signal is a multi-pronged approach.

Here are six ways you can boost your Wi-Fi signal to receive better Wi-Fi speeds:

1 – Upgrade your router to 802.11ac or 802.11ax
2 – Move your router to boost Wi-Fi signal
3 – Switch to wireless mesh for greater Wi-Fi signal coverage
4 – Upgrade your Wi-Fi receivers and antennas
5 – Use a Wi-Fi extender (AKA repeater)
6 – Make a DIY Wi-Fi antenna booster

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-boost-wifi-signal/

#router #wifispeed