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Broadband access Broadband in WNC Community Development Rural WiFi

Fire Departments Role with Online Learning

How many students in Buncombe County do NOT have internet at home?

What is Jackson County’s doing to address this rural issue?

Could this happen in Buncombe County with 40% of the students studying from home?

https://wlos.com/news/local/fire-departments-could-play-big-role-in-helping-students-with-online-learning

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Mobile Data Rural WiFi

SC Temporary Fix to Broadband Problem

It’s happening in WNC too.

Temporary mobile hotspots for students.

Office of Regulatory Staff is working on short-term solutions aimed at helping students take their classes virtually.

ORS is prepared to buy as many as 150,000 mobile hotspots for students in kindergarten through 12th grade as well as for technical school and college students whose families meet certain income requirements.

https://amp.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article244693052.html

Support the Western North Carolina Broadband project today!

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Transylvania

Transylvania County Broadband Improvements

County Manager Jaime Laughter said the county has been working on broadband efforts within the very limited abilities state statutes give counties.

Those efforts include:

•Providing free Wi-Fi at nine community centers

•Working with WEST NGN through Land of Sky on regional broadband opportunities.

The county is currently a part of an ARC Grant to solicit better service for the Balsam Grove Community Center.

Through this effort, the county also has worked to show the speeds and affordability needs communities have to companies.

•The county is advocating through the North Carolina County Commissioner Association at the state level for better tools for broadband access. Both funding for broadband initiatives and state law changes to empower communities to introduce competition and expand access are at the top of the association’s legislative goals.”

https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2020/08/06/news/officials-say-they-are-working-to-improve-broadband-transylvania-county-nc/45913.html

Transylvania County Public WiFi

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Broadband access Broadband in WNC Digital Divide Education

the ‘Homework Gap’ Video Will Shock You

70% of teachers assign homework that requires access to the internet.

Yet, 5 million families with school aged children do not have access to high speed internet at home.

the ‘Homework Gap’ is here

Support the Western North Carolina Broadband Project to improve the homework gap by contacting a member of the WNCBP Leadership Team.

#digitalinclusion #digitaldivide #digitalliteracy

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Broadband access Broadband funding FTTP Madison

High-Speed Internet for Madison County

In rural North Carolina, French Broad Electric Membership Corporation will use a $3.2 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to connect 4,056 people, 189 farms, 64 businesses, and two fire stations to high-speed broadband internet in Madison County.

#ruralbroadband #fibertothepremises #ReConnectProgram

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Broadband access Broadband funding Broadband in WNC Digital Divide Education

Divided WNC?

What is a solution to the digital divide?

Digital Inclusion


1) Access to affordable, high-speed Internet.
2) Access to a computer or laptop
3) Digital literacy or skills

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/nc-states-institute-for-emerging-issues-launching-a-grant-to-help-bridge-digital-divide/19198159/

#buncombe #digitalliteracy #ruralbroadband #digitalworkplace

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Broadband access Buncombe WiFi

Outside Buncombe Library – Free WiFi Zone

Buncombe County Public Libraries have free wifi hotspots available outside any library building.

To use the wifi, look for the LibraryGuest network and use the password readmore.

The wifi is available all day every day, whether the library is open or not.

Please observe all Buncombe County social distancing and gathering requirements while using the wifi.

Questions? Call (828) 250-4700 or email library@buncombecounty.org.

https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/news_detail.aspx?id=18641

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Mobile Data

Cost of a Gig of Mobile Data

What is the cost of your mobile plan?

How much mobile data do you use?

Do the math and divide the cost of your mobile data by how much data you use and compare it to the cost of below.

Note the article lists the cost of a gig of data in the United States of America as being about $8.

https://www.younglistan.com/2020/07/what-does-1gb-of-mobile-data-cost-in-every-country-infographic.html

#mobiledata #internetaccess #infographic

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Broadband access Digital Divide Education Healthcare

Call for Action on Neglected Policy Proposals

NC faith leaders make a call for action on neglected policy proposals, including broadband access.

The health needs and education needs of North Carolinians are writ large by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing us to adapt on both fronts.

A major piece of this adaptation depends on the internet. Without high-speed internet, the sick cannot consult physicians and the children cannot complete school assignments.

In much the way that the Rural Electrification Act transformed our landscape from darkness to light in the mid-20th century, broadband access can transform shrinking worlds into endless horizons now in the 21st century.

The ripple effects of such an initiative will extend far beyond health and education into most sectors of the economy.

Read more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2020/07/02/nc-faith-leaders-call-for-action-on-neglected-policy-proposals/

Consider supporting our WNC Broadband Project today. Contact a member of our leadership team.

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Broadband access Digital Divide Economic Development Education Rural

Broadband Reality in North Carolina

The FCC reports that 93% of North Carolina’s population has access to the internet at the FCC threshold speeds of 25 Mbps. Of those without access, nearly 640,000 people live in sparsely populated areas.

How is internet broadband accessed? Broadband is accessed through a number of technologies including:

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Cable Modem
  • Fiber-Optic Cable (Fiber)
  • Wireless
  • Satellite
  • Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

As of December 2014, only 16% of North Carolinians adopted broadband in their homes compared to the national average of 37% at the recommended speed threshold (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload).

At this adoption rate, North Carolina ranked 40th out of the 45 reporting states.

More details are at:
https://www.ednc.org/perspective-the-reality-of-broadband-in-north-carolina/

broadband #NCSTEMScoreCard #StrategiesThatEngageMinds #economicgrowth