Skip to content
Barnardsville Small Business Yancey County

A Never Ending Small Rural Business

Venmo, PayPal, Instagram – how do they apply to a small rural flower business and the need for high speed internet?

They are the necessary tools for a ‘you-pick’ flower farm located in Barnardsville, NC; complete with fifth generation high speed cellular broadband.

A Never Ending Flower Farm Vase

the Never Ending Flower Farm

You will want dependable broadband to maintain driving directions getting to Barnardsville from Asheville, NC!

Instructions Booth, including Venmo QR code on the top middle

Digital Payment Accepted

Located a the top of a single lane dirt road is a large parking lot with a self-service stand, complete with black and white instructions :

  1. Payment fee for flower fees: $25 / vase, $75 bucket, $5 selfie (honor system).
  2. Venmo QR code for payment (cash and other online payments are accepted too).
  3. How to properly cut your flowers.

Faster than a gunslinger, my 25 year-old daughter had her smartphone ready to aim and Venmo pay the fee to get a vase of flowers.

Cellular Speed Test Results

Running a speed test app on my smartphone, running VPN, on a mountain side in Barnardsville:

Ookla speedtest results at the Never Ending Flower Farm
Ookla Speedtest App – Screenshot from an iPhone
  • 151 Mbps upload
  • 16 Mbps download
  • 0.00% packet loss
NEFF – Work area to fine-tune the flower arrangements and share their online stories

Instagram Photo Marketing


Visit the ‘Never Ending Flower Farm’ on Instagram and you will see the amazing world of on-line marketing with photography.

Instagram screen shot of the Never Ending Flower Farm, Barnardsville, NC

Google Map Directions

Locate this retail greenhouse and ‘self-pick’ flower business on Google Maps at:

Does you small business have sufficient broadband service to support your online tools?

We want to hear your story. Email with you details.

Broadband in WNC Digital Citizenship ICT - Information & Communication Technology

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the safe and responsible practice of using digital technologies.

All people who interact with digital technologies are digital citizens, however, responsible digital citizens are those who understand the potential risks and issues that can arise when using technology (LillyWhite, 2021).

Responsible digital citizens desire to use technology respectfully, safely, and productively.

9 Focus Areas of Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship has been divided into nine key focus areas which include:

  1. Digital access
  2. Digital etiquette
  3. Digital law
  4. Digital communication
  5. Digital literacy
  6. Digital commerce
  7. Digital rights and responsibilities
  8. Digital safety and security
  9. Digital health and wellness

Who is your Western North Carolina steward of digital citizenship? Email

Palkki D. Is it time to double down on digital citizenship training? eSchool News. Published July 11, 2022. Accessed July 19, 2022.

Asheville Community Centers

Asheville Community Center WiFi Access

For Asheville community members looking to cool off without getting wet, all Asheville Parks & Recreation community centers feature air conditioning and WiFi access.

Asheville, NC Government

Asheville Community Centers

The community centers and their hours of operations are linked below.

Miller, Kim. 2022. “Community Members Can Stay Cool at Asheville Parks & Recreation’s Free Water Events – the City of Asheville.” The City of Asheville. July 15, 2022.

Broadband in WNC Buncombe Digital Inequality Henderson Madison Microsoft PowerBI Transylvania

Digital Inequity in NC

Microsoft released a new interactive data analytics tool to help identify places in the United States with significant digital equity gaps.

Created by Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab and in the spirit of leaning deep into data to help solve hard problems, the dashboard creates one of the most complete pictures of digital equity in the United States to date.

Note I could not get the map to appear in the Google Chrome web browser, so I had to open the above link in the Microsoft Edge web browsers.

Thanks to and Ryan Palmer, Global Digital Equity Strategist, of Microsoft Airband; for sharing this valuable resource.

Please email if you would like to share thoughts or comments to the WNC Broadband leadership team about the data in your census tract.

A street-by-street view of digital inequity in the United States – Microsoft On the Issues. Microsoft On the Issues. Published July 14, 2022. Accessed July 15, 2022.

“Who Needs the FCC? Microsoft Moves on Broadband Maps.” 2022. July 14, 2022.

Hardesty, Linda. 2022. “Microsoft Tires of Waiting on FCC, Creates Its Own Broadband Mapping Tool.” Fierce Telecom. July 14, 2022.

Broadband in WNC Digital Equity North Carolina

Digital Equity – Federal Funding Status

What is the status of federal digital equity funding and how does it relate to the State of North Carolina?

“Story Map Series.” 2022. 2022.

US Census Bureau. 2022. “Partnership with National Telecommunications and Information Administration.” May 19, 2022.

ACP - Affordable Connectivity Program Broadband in WNC Internet Service Provider

Save Money with Your ISP

Internet service in Western North Carolina has some competition. This competition can save you money.

CNET suggests 5 steps to help you negotiate with your ISP and potentially save money.

  1. Research your options for your area.
    • What type of internet user are you?
    • What level of service do you need?
  2. Benchmark by speed testing your service.
    • Can you get mobile service included?
    • How about access to Wi-Fi hotspots?
  3. Know to the competitive options.
  4. Inquire with ISPs’ websites regularly for any new updates or offers.
  5. Try, try again.

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Visit the FCC ACP Webpage for more details.

Do you need assistance with understanding ‘internet service?’ Email or call your WNC Digital Literacy Network at or call 828-365-8299.

Paul T. 5 Steps to Help You Negotiate With Your Provider and Save Money on Your Internet Service. CNET. Published June 29, 2022. Accessed July 2, 2022.