Broadband access Economic Development

Economic Engine

Saluda was the first town on the mountain to receive tourists by train.

The first train from Spartanburg stopped in what would become Saluda on July 4, 1878. It took another year to lay the track over into Hendersonville. In the meantime, visitors began building summer homes

Could broadband be another economic engine in Western North Carolina?

Representative Jake Johnson shares his thoughts in the video below.

Economic train engine in Saluda, NC


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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