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WFH

Working From Home

How will the COVID-19 epidemic change the relationship from working in an office to working from home (WFH)?

How will WFH alter Asheville?

If 1/3 of Americans work from home, it changes transportation planning in a huge way.

Road Guy Rob

Transportation

In Buncombe County, we know the bottlenecks and high capacity of traffic on I-240, I-40, and I-26 as major interstates connect and bring-in or out employees. If work from home become permanent, the commuting demand shifts from vehicular traffic to broadband traffic.

Office Space

Yes, essential worker in hospitality, grocery stores, and other service industries in WNC will see needed transportation continue; but should an organization spend an enormous amount of money at their headquarter office to seat employees that cost $2.00 or more a square foot per month?

Land Use

How does the shift of working in an office to WFH effect home costs? Anyplace that has healthy broadband could become the new employment location. You don’t have to commute to work and there will be a ‘flight’ to smaller communities. Available land in the outskirts of WNC will become attractive home and workplaces.

Prerequisite

In the future there will be unprecedented availability of gigabit broadband which is available through fiber networks.

Urban cities can have 130 subscribers per mile. Rural communities can have 6-7 subscribers per mile. Fiber doesn’t get any cheaper based on where you are putting it in the ground. Yet in rural America it is even more important to bridge the digital divides.

Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association CEO (Human Resource office in Biltmore Park)

The Big Picture

America and WNC is returning to a decentralized economy. The world economy is replacing the suburb commutes with the internet at the speed of light. Communtable work distances in WNC is limitless. Additionally, our carbon footprint will be reduced. Political and socioeconomic landscapes will change. What will be the role of mass transportation in WNC?

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Go FB Live

Facebook Live with Cellular Broadband

A business, a cause, and a reason to go ‘live.’

Tell a story, be real and sincere.

Nowadays anybody can be a content broadcaster.

Going ‘live’ means having a mobile phone, tablet, or webcam laptop with fast, dependable internet; i.e. broadband (download speeds in excess of 25Mbs down and 3 Mbs up; with low latency).

On Location: WAKE by Mel Chin

Using my T-Mobile 5G hotspot and a WiFi connected Google Pixel 4a (5G) phone, and a lapel microphone; these are the Facebook live results from a ‘southside slope area’ of Asheville.

WAKE Facebook Live Event

Here are the results for a local RN Patient Advocacy business posting:

https://fb.watch/4IurhjQBKL/


Prepare you content, test the video/audio equipment including broadband, and you or anybody can broadcast ‘live’ to the world.

The WNC broadband has a speed test available at: https://wncbroadband.org/survey/speedtest.php

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Hendersonville Library Internet

Broadband is Available at the Henderson County Library

Above are photographs I took on a journey to the Hendersonville Public Library. As a resident of Asheville (without a vehicle), I made a the journey with an Asheville electric bus ride to the airport and transferred to the Apple Country Transit. The Apple Country bus ride took me to Downtown Hendersonville; and then I took a short ~3 block walk to the Henderson County Public Library at 301 North Washington St.

I was enlightened to find the library open and that free internet resources were available indoors.

Computer Help and a Printer

The Hendersonville Library has a Technology Desk with staffing available to assist with your connectivity and basic tech inquiries. Color and black & white printing is also available for a nominal fee.

Learn more about the Henderson County Public Library hours and resources at the website below.

Computers and Internet | Henderson County North Carolina. (2021). Hendersoncountync.gov. https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/library/page/computers-and-internet


The Western North Carolina Broadband Project provides advocacy and educational resources to assist WNC in minimizing the digital divide.

Plan Your Journey

Plan your library journey with resources that are available online:

Questions or comments can be emailed to marc@wncbroadband.org

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Computer Skills for the Digital Divide

Resources for Job Seekers

With computers and software always being updated, use this resource skills-sheet to keep your computer skills current.

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Amazon Care Telehealth

Western North Carolina sees a lot of the Amazon vans, darting to efficiently deliver our packages.

Could this same company, Amazon; disrupt telehealth?

The delivery of healthcare?

Doctor on demand?

They are starting with their own employees!

Key Points of the Article Below

  • Amazon will expand its virtual health pilot program, Amazon Care, to all of its U.S. employees starting this summer.
  • The company will also offer the virtual health program as a service for other employers nationally.
  • Amazon Care launched as a pilot program two years ago to provide convenient urgent care visits virtually for the company’s employees in Washington state.

Coombs, B. (2021, March 17). Amazon is expanding Amazon Care telehealth service nationally for its employees and other companies. CNBC; CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/17/amazon-is-expanding-amazon-care-telehealth-service-nationally-for-employees.html

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Connect to the Internet

How do you connect to the internet?

You’ve been introduced to internet basics; now, how do you connect to the internet and an internet service provider or ISP?

  • Wireline internet network
    • Dial-up – through your home’s telephone network
    • DSL – also through your home telephone network
    • Cable – through cable television
    • Fiber optic – cables
  • Wireless internet network
    • Cellular – smartphone or hotspot
    • Wireless ISP
  • Satellite
    • Hughesnet and others
    • Starlink – SpaceX

Wireless Home Network

Setting-up an internet network in your home to an internet service provider requires a modem and a wireless router to make a WiFi network to connect devices:

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Printer

WNC Broadband Project

The Western North Carolina broadband leadership team constantly provides advocacy for improving broadband in our beautiful part of the state of North Carolina.

Follow Us On Social Media

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WNCBroadband/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/wncbroadband

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WNCBroadband


More

Internet Basics: Connecting to the Internet. (2019). GCFGlobal.org. https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/internetbasics/connecting-to-the-internet/1/

Internet Basics: How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Network. (2019). GCFGlobal.org. https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/internetbasics/how-to-set-up-a-wifi-network/1/

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Affordable Internet for All

Emergency Broadband Benefit

In the coronavirus relief broadband bill ‘Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act’ individuals can receive a subsidy to help minimize the digital divide.

The bill offers a $50 monthly discount for broadband services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider (one discount per eligible household).


Learn More

Snider, M. (2021, March 11). Coronavirus relief measure could net you $50 toward your broadband bill, help erase the digital divide. USA TODAY; USA TODAY. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/03/11/discount-broadband-internet-congress-tackles-digital-divide/6940680002/

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Internet Basics

Effectively leveraging broadband can provide economic, health, and education benefits. At the core of broadband is high speed internet that delivers website, video, and other content.

But what if you or you know of somebody that knows little to nothing about the internet and how it provides connectivity in our world?

  • Searching for community help?
  • Securely reading email, online finance, social media?
  • Effectively using your web browser?
  • Looking for employment opportunities?
  • Understanding the cloud?

Where does the Internet Come From?

The Internet – An Enormous System of Cables Connecting Computers in the World

Simply put, the internet is a network of computers that allow you to go online.

The World Wide Web is a collection of websites that can be accessed through the internet. Interaction with a website requires the use of a web browser or app installed on your computer device.

With a web browser like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or others; a user is able to communicate with email and social media, shop, get information, and more.

WNC Broadband Project

The Western North Carolina broadband leadership team constantly provides advocacy for improving broadband in our beautiful part of the state of North Carolina.

Follow Us On Social Media

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WNCBroadband/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/wncbroadband

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WNCBroadband


More Resources

Internet Basics: What is the Internet? (2019). GCFGlobal.org. https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/internetbasics/what-is-the-internet/1/

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Imperative Internet

Fiber Broadband At the Sandy Mush Community Center

Terri Wells talks about how fiber broadband provides tools to minimize a #digitaldivide at the Sandy Mush Community Center.

Fiber and broadband connectivity are imperative for digital inclusion in our communities.

Bringing high-speed, free internet to the Sandy Mush Community Center has been a life-changer.

Terri Wells

A community center is hub that can provide assistance for education, telehealth, employment, entertainment, and more.

More About SMCC WiFi, Internet

Sandy Mush Community Center Website > WiFi Connection

Fiber Optics – the Timeless Investment

Support the Western North Carolina Broadband Project.

Our WNCBP Advisory Team, including Terri Wells; are advocating for the timeless investment of fiber optics in our communities.

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ART Bus Station WiFi

As a regular City of Asheville bus rider, Marc Czarnecki is happy to see that the ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) bus station now has free public Wi-Fi. Riding the bus now really requires an individual to check the schedule frequently. There are multiple different scheduling tools available online for planning your bus trip departure time, which bus to get on, arrival time, etc.

Some of Marc’s smartphone apps to assist in effectively riding the ART bus public transportation include the following. They can now be downloaded at the bus station.


ART Website Transit Maps and Schedules

City of Asheville ART Transit Maps and Schedules

Transit Mobile App

Transitapp.com

Google Maps

Google Maps – Transit & Food – App Store

FCC Speedtest Results

When any individual travels, their time is important. Understanding how internet the ART Bus Station public Wi-Fi is listed below with a screen shot of the speedtest results using the FCC Speedtest App.

If you are in a hurry at the Asheville ART Bus Station; I would not consider the above results acceptable to quickly download apps and check bus statuses.

Charge Your Phone

The newly updated interior bus lobby does have a few plugs to charge your mobile device if needed.

Helpful WNC Broadband Links