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Learn About 5G

1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and coming soon 5G.

Wikipedia says 5G is the 5th generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current smartphones.

Our future will see the growth of 5G small cells that are lower to the ground and will cover smaller areas. Thus rural America will see less of 5G and it will take longer to be able to leverage 5G benefits.

Wireless technology is the ability to communicate between two or more entities without the use of wires or cables. Encyclopedia indicates “wireless technology involves transmitting electromagnetic signals over the air. Interference and obstacles that block RF signals are common problems with wireless technology. Wireless technology allows users to communicate simultaneously over the same medium without their signals interfering with one another.”

With 5G wireless stations reaching >20 times more of the workload of the predecessors and beamforming for signals directed to the receiver; 5G will provide full duplex abilities to speak and listen with much greater efficiency allowing expansion and acceleration; provided volumes of 5G networks are available.

Additionally 5G will reduce latency, handle large digital transfers, and provide for security. As Ryan Spence indicates in the LinkedIn Learning module noted below, the value of 5G is not a new wireless technology, but as a ‘change agent’ for what it will enable in our futures.

Additionally, the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) has taken actions to make additional wireless high, mid, and low spectrum and unlicensed bands available with the ‘5G FAST Plan.’ Included with this plans is the modernizing of regulations including one-touch make ready, IP transition, business data, and supply chain regulations. 5G product manufacturers are also building the hardware and security solutions for smartphones, Internet of Things, and home WiFi. And, unlike current WiFi systems, 5G WiFi can associate with unlimited devices.

FCC Chairman Pai explains the FCC’s work on the 5G FAST Plan.

5G in WNC

5G will likely have the greatest impact in the fabric of IoT, AR/VR, and AI. In Western North Carolina, industries including manufacturing (example – jet engines), retail (example – Amazon logistics), transportation (examples – Uber, Lyft, city/state municipalities), utilities (example – French Broad Electric Coop), and entertainment (example Asheville’s music scene) could be some of the forerunners of the future of 5G. A future of 3D models for real estate will be possible. Healthcare with tremendous amount of information exchanged is yet another evolution. Your home’s grocery stock will be efficiently stocked through IoT.

LinkedIn Learning – Free in Buncombe County

In addition to LinkedIn Learning providing a free 1-month trial for new subscribers, Buncombe County Public Libraries offer free, unlimited access to Lynda.com; now called Learning from LinkedIn.

Complete this course and earn a certificate for your professional development.

5G Technology Strategy

Next-Generation Mobile Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/5g-technology-strategy-next-generation-mobile-networking/welcome-to-5g

5G Topic Email in WNC

Stay abreast with 5G topics in Western North Carolina.

Request to be added to our 5G Google email group 5G@WNCBroadband.org.

Please state your location and why you are interested in joining this email group.

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Boost Your WiFi

How can you boost your Wi-Fi signal?

Boosting your Wi-Fi signal is a multi-pronged approach.

Here are six ways you can boost your Wi-Fi signal to receive better Wi-Fi speeds:

1 – Upgrade your router to 802.11ac or 802.11ax
2 – Move your router to boost Wi-Fi signal
3 – Switch to wireless mesh for greater Wi-Fi signal coverage
4 – Upgrade your Wi-Fi receivers and antennas
5 – Use a Wi-Fi extender (AKA repeater)
6 – Make a DIY Wi-Fi antenna booster

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-boost-wifi-signal/

#router #wifispeed

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Free Broadband in Buncombe

City of Asheville IT staff is investigating possibilities to provide free broadband in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Free broadband internet would be available in public spots throughout Buncombe County under a proposal by the local government’s information technology department.

“Information Technology staff continue to work with internet providers to explore opportunities for internet connectivity throughout the County (Buncombe Broadband Workgroup) to help those who do not currently have access to high speed internet”

Read More: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/09/15/buncombe-looks-build-free-broadband-throughout-county/5810639002/

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Support, educate, advocate for digital inclusion with our WNC Broadband Project Leadership Team.

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Broadband access WiFi

Free/Low Cost Internet, Wifi

EveryoneOn.org is a government initiative that partners with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to bring internet access in every household.

Freedom Pop is a great platform that offers free internet access for your computer as well as your smartphone. Freedom Pop is exceptional for users who cannot justify their internet expenses because their usage is too low.

NetZero allows you can access the World Wide Web for free if you have a phone line at home to connect your computer to the internet.

Wi-Fi Map is an app that enables you to find all the free WiFi hotspots near you.
– iOS Apple Store – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wifi-map-find-internet-vpn/id548925969
– Android Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.wifimap.wifimap

https://readwrite.com/2020/09/04/how-to-get-access-to-free-internet-tv-and-phone-services/

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WiFi Lots in WNC

#freewifi #lowcostwifi #wifihotspots #internetoptions

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WNC WiFi Lot Maps

Do you need to find an available, free broadband location in Western North Carolina? Bring your own mobile device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) that is fully charged to:

  • Check email
  • Search the web
  • Work on school, homework, educational needs
  • Perform employment, job video conference needs
  • Participate in online communication
  • Use telehealth

The interactive maps linked below shows lot-locations in WNC where broadband is available. Resize the map and click on the map locations for more details.

Land of Sky (LOS) Regional Council Counties

WNC Counties include:

  • Buncombe
  • Madison
  • Henderson
  • Transylvania

www.loswifilot.org

Southwestern Commission WiFi Lot Map

Southwestern Commission Council of Governments area map.

WNC Counties include:

  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Swain
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

https://regiona.org/wifi-hotspot-interactive-map/

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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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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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Commute for Internet Access

What does an individual do when broadband is not available to fulfill education, employment, governmental, or other life requirements? Is it your civil right?

Computers, cell phones, broadband, and other electronic resources are expensive and not always readily available. Additionally, the cost of broadband makes it three times more likely that households without internet service can be found in urban, rather than rural areas.

With young people soon returning to school, what is the strategy to make life necessities happen?

Doing Schoolwork in the Parking Lot Is Not a Solution


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/opinion/sunday/broadband-internet-access-civil-rights.html

Support the WNC Broadband Project today with education, advocacy, financial, or other resources to make broadband more accessible in Western North Carolina.

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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