“Nantahala” is a Cherokee word meaning “land of the noon day sun,” a fitting name for the Nantahala Gorge, where the sun only reaches to the valley floor at midday. The Nantahala National Forest was established in 1920 under authority of the 1911 Weeks Act.
The University of North Carolina, Asheville; zoom recording from today’s Fab Friday event, available for playback on YouTube.
Time Indexed Links
See the time-indexed topic links in the YouTube description of the video linked above.
00:01:58 – Partnership with UNC Asheville 00:03:19 – WNC Broadband Current Projects 00:04:53 – Broadband Basics 00:08:23 – Increasing Reliance on Broadband – Education, Finance, Online Productivity, Healthcare, Government Forms, Working at Home, Social Impact 00:10:13 – Internet Traffic Volume Globally in Exabytes per Month 00:10:57 – IoT, Internet of Things 00:11:32 – New Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, WiFi as a Foundation 00:13:26 – Multiple Broadband Delivery Systems 00:13:58 – Satellite Service, Starlink 00:14:21 – Fixed Wireless for WNC Mountains 00:14:43 – 5G Cellular 00:16:03 – Broadband Infrastructure Buildout Underway 00:17:01 – BEAD – Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program 00:17:17 – NC Public Infrastructure – MCNC 00:18:00 – NC Public Infrastructure – Backbone – ERC Broadband 00:18:45 – Fiber is coming 00:19:16 – Broadband is a Private Commodity, Not a Public Utility 00:20:47 – 2020 Internet Data for Buncombe County 00:21:18 – NEMAC Map of Terrestrial Internet Service in Buncombe County 00:21:49 – State of NC Efforts to Close Divide 00:22:13 – Local Broadband Inclusion Initiatives 00:22:58 – Claire Tomlinson – WNC Broadband Current Activities, Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) 00:29:27 – Yvette Brooks, Through the Trees – https://throughthetrees.us/index.html 00:40:11 – Karen Sanders, Rock Star of Healthcare 00:41:05 – NC’s Aging Population 00:43:15 – Seniors are on the internet 00:43:47 – Using internet for telemedicine 00:45:24 – Karen’s internet experiences as an RN Patient Advocate 00:52:27 – Passwords 00:54:03 – Seven top questions requiring broadband access – Why are patients and families are asking for help in healthcare? 00:59:40 – Summary of Key Questions on Broadband and Telehealth 01:02:42 – Suggested Virtual Resources for Training or Learning – https://www.diglit.net/2022/12/virtually-connectivity-resources-for.html 01:03:32 – NORAD Starlink Demo 01:05:12 – Grand Summary
Many thanks to OLLI at University of North Carolina Asheville for hosting this event.
Bill Sederburg, Marc Czarnecki and Karen Sanders will give an update on the WNC Broadband Project and focus on the importance of broadband to provide access to patient portals, telemedicine and other vital healthcare information.
WiFi access and high speed connectivity to the internet (broadband) are now considered vital, but many people, particularly older adults, do not have this kind of access.
The WNC Broadband Project is part of the N.C. Division of Broadband and Digital Equity to close the digital divide for the 1.1 million North Carolina households who lack access to high-speed internet, cannot afford it or do not have the skills needed to take advantage of the digital economy.
Learn more about the effort to provide this vital need from Dr. Bill Sederburg, chair of the WNC Broadband Project, Marc Czarnecki, Business Service Representative for the Land of Sky Regional Council, and Karen Sanders, RN Patient Advocate.
Fab Friday lectures are free and open to everyone and a great way to learn about an interesting blend of subjects.
The Indicators of Broadband Need map was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map uses several different data sources to show information on broadband availability within the United States. Layers in this map were created using data sourced from the American Community Survey collected by the U.S. Census, Measurement Lab (M-Lab), Ookla, Microsoft and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).