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BEAD Program Broadband access Digital Divide

Future with BEAD

Today many Americans lack access to affordable, reliable high speed internet.

The BEAD Program includes $42 billion for high-speed internet access.

What is the target of this infrastructure funding?

  • UNSERVED locations with no access to 25/3 Mbps
  • UNDERSERVED locations with no access to 100/20 Mbps

Key Questions When Preparing Application

  1. Will these projects result in coverage for everyone in this state or territory?
  2. How will this project serve communities of color and address historic lack of investment in underrepresented communities?
  3. Will this project result in affordable internet service for consumers?
  4. What technology will be used to deploy the network and what speed will it provide to consumers? How easily will this technology scale over time?
  5. How long will it take to build the network?
  6. Does the applicant have a demonstrated record of compliance with federal labor and employment laws?
  7. How does this project account for climate change risks?
  8. Is this project sustainable, and can it provide a lasting solution for the community it serves?

Eligible entities must conduct coordination with local governments, Tribes, community orgs, and individuals within their jurisdiction.

Email info@wncbroadband to get involved.

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program | Internet for All. Published 2022. Accessed May 15, 2022.

Affordability College Education

College and Broadband

College days of 40+ years ago were without computers, laptops, and smartphones.

Today, video conferenced classrooms brings new paragons for learning.

The Chronicle of Higher Education does a ‘Trends Snapshot’ asking, What’s Ahead for College Broadband?

  • What community partnerships can be taken beyond the campus?
  • How do you manage the burden to the cost of high-speed internet and the needed hardware?
  • Students and teachers do have new perils and opportunities. How do you maximize these environments?
  • What happens to the digital gaps that are not closed after the implementation of broadband infrastructure?
  • In a digital world, how does a student most effectively communicate with college resources?

If you have ideas or comments, please email your story to

What’s Ahead for College Broadband? Published 2021. Accessed May 13, 2022.

ACP - Affordable Connectivity Program Affordability Internet

Get Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills.

Eligible families who pair their ACP benefit can receive high-speed internet at no cost.

Read more here to:

  • Find out if you qualify
  • Learn how to sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
  • Contact a participating internet service provider to choose an internet plan

The WNC Broadband Leadership Team welcomes feedback on the ACP. Please email

Get Internet | The White House. The White House. Published May 9, 2022. Accessed May 9, 2022.

Broadband in WNC

Fiber Optic Network

Fiber-optic internet, commonly called fiber internet or simply “fiber,” is a broadband connection that can reach speeds of up to 940 Megabits per second (Mbps), with low lag time.

The technology uses fiber-optic cable, which amazingly can send data as fast as about 70% the speed of light.

See more about fiber optics in the video below.

“What Is Fiber Internet?” 2022. 2022.

Asheville Broadband access Work Remotely

How To Live & Work Anywhere

Flexibility, empowerment of your schedule, diversity of work locations. It is possible today with the foundation of shelter for your electronics, electricity for your devices, a resource of places to work, and of course dependable high speed internet.

Airbnb said more than 800,000 people flocked to its careers pages in 2018, before the pandemic.

  • Airbnb announced last week that staff can choose to work where they are the “most productive.”
  • Staff will not suffer a pay cut if they work anywhere within their home country, the company added.
  • The company said its careers page was viewed more than 800,000 times after the announcement.

Airbnb could help with your shelter needs, but working in Asheville, NC is tops. Get a 5G hotspot, additional power backup, a comfortable portable chair and table; and the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River is a backdrop to consider.

Do you have a favorite mobile workspot in WNC? Share your thoughts, comments, and picture to

“Airbnb Said More than 800,000 People Flocked to Its Careers Page after It Announced That Employees Could Live and Work Anywhere.” 2018. 2018.

Wikipedia Contributors. 2022. “Asheville, North Carolina.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. May 7, 2022.,_North_Carolina.

Buncombe Library Public WiFi

Buncombe County Library Wi-Fi

Early voting is available at many Buncombe County Libraries.

How can you research the candidates?

With free wi-fi zones!

Networks and Password Details for South Buncombe Library Wi-Fi Access Point

If you don’t have a computer device to connect to the library access point, desktop computers with full size keypads and a mouse are available for you to use.

Desktop Computers – South Buncombe Library

Do you want some time to think about your election candidate selections?

The outdoor gazebo has seating to ponder your selections.

Black and White View of the Gazebo at the South Buncombe Branch Library

The end result for your early voting selection will bring happiness to your heart.

Pink Wire Heart Trellis at the South Buncombe Branch Library Gazebo

“Libraries – Skyland/South Buncombe.” 2022.