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How To Live & Work Anywhere

Flexibility, empowerment of your schedule, diversity of work locations. It is possible today with the foundation of shelter for your electronics, electricity for your devices, a resource of places to work, and of course dependable high speed internet.

Airbnb said more than 800,000 people flocked to its careers pages in 2018, before the pandemic.

  • Airbnb announced last week that staff can choose to work where they are the “most productive.”
  • Staff will not suffer a pay cut if they work anywhere within their home country, the company added.
  • The company said its careers page was viewed more than 800,000 times after the announcement.

Airbnb could help with your shelter needs, but working in Asheville, NC is tops. Get a 5G hotspot, additional power backup, a comfortable portable chair and table; and the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River is a backdrop to consider.

Do you have a favorite mobile workspot in WNC? Share your thoughts, comments, and picture to info@wncbroadband.org.


“Airbnb Said More than 800,000 People Flocked to Its Careers Page after It Announced That Employees Could Live and Work Anywhere.” 2018. Yahoo.com. 2018. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/airbnb-said-more-800-000-035255472.html.

Wikipedia Contributors. 2022. “Asheville, North Carolina.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. May 7, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asheville,_North_Carolina.

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Economic Development from Remote Workers

What is Economic Development?

Economic development is the creation of wealth from which community benefits are realized.

In the communities of Western North Carolina, remote workers are an element of the creation of wealth. As recognized by CNBC, Asheville ranked 2nd in LinkedIn of small cities in the nation where remote working is most popular.

Economic development is more than a jobs program, it’s an investment in growing your economy and enhancing the prosperity and quality of life for all residents, says the California Association for Local Economic Development (1).

In a post-COVID remote work environment, USA Today reports that nearly 50% of US workers would take a pay cut for remote work benefit.

From an economic development perspective, work-from-home employees are a huge boon to a rural community that has likely been aging and slowly shrinking over time.

Employees making good salaries can provide a huge boost to a local economy.

For years, rural communities have sunk big tax incentives into trying to attract new employers.

It probably costs a lot less to attract one hundred remote workers than to lure a traditional employer that will bring a hundred jobs. (2)

Pots and Pans by CCG.com, February 4, 2022

Help WNC advocate for quality, high-speed, internet today.

Contact a member of the WNC Broadband Project leadership team.


1. Sahota G. Economic Development Basics – CALED. CALED. Published July 16, 2021. Accessed February 4, 2022. https://caled.org/economic-development-basics/

2. CCGConsulting. Employees Favor Working from Home. POTs and PANs. Published February 4, 2022. Accessed February 4, 2022. https://potsandpansbyccg.com/2022/02/04/employees-favor-working-from-home/

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Future of Remote Work

Remote Work Now

Remote work (also known as work from home [WFH] or telecommuting) is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location outside of corporate offices.

For employees who can complete work offsite, this arrangement can help ensure work-life balance, access to career opportunities or reduced commutation costs.

Benefits for the company include increased employee satisfaction and retention, increased productivity and cost savings on physical resources.

Remote work arrangements can be temporary or permanent, part-time or full-time, occasional or frequent.

Remote work requires policies governing equipment use, network security and performance expectations.

Remote Work’s Future

When you are remote, it allows you to do some parts of your business outside the one or more of the organization’s physical setting.

For example, you can network additional remote freelancing or outside services.

Freelancers are self-employed people who don’t work at a particular company but some are hired for a specific project, service, or task by the client (or conventionally the employer).

You can utilize freelancing platforms where you can see everyone’s past work and you know the ratings those freelancers received from previous clients.

And as a freelancer, you can connect with clients all over the world who don’t know you personally, because they can see what you’ve done.

These platforms already existed, but comfort with remote work will help to unlock their potential.

Transfer of Knowledge

Another interesting thing that businesses are thinking about, and are going to increasingly be looking at, is how does the transfer of knowledge work in your firm when you move to fully remote?

There’s a lot of tacit knowledge in the firm—this is how things work, this is how we do things, this is the way we think about things—and these things are passed on informally, in person.

One of the bigger strategic changes that companies are going to have to make, is to make knowledge more formalized and make processes more formalized, so that you don’t need to rely on oral tradition at the company in order to pass down key knowledge. Companies will rely less on PowerPoint culture and more on a written culture of standard operating procedures and shared technical documentation.

At the core, remote working need fast, dependable internet; also known as broadband. Does your favorite remote work location have dependable broadband? What are your internet backup plans for remote working?


“Definition of Remote Work – Gartner Information Technology Glossary.” 2020. Gartner. 2020. https://www.gartner.com/en/information-technology/glossary/remote-work.

Frick, Walter. 2021. “The next Wave of Remote Jobs Will Transform the Economy.” Quartz. Quartz. October 27, 2021. https://qz.com/2079942/the-next-wave-of-remote-jobs-will-transform-the-economy/.

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the Great Smoky Mountains

7th of the top 10 National Parks with the Fastest Mobile Download Speeds

A Park to Work Remotely or Digitally Disconnect?

Why are the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky National Park some of the most visited national destinations in America? Climate, scenery, outdoor activities, family-friendly and other attributes are likely at the top of the list.

Did you know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of North Carolina is listed as having one of the fastest mobile download speeds in? In fact is it listed as 7th.

Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you travel or vacation in Western North Carolina, are you here to work remotely or digitally disconnect? Likely there is a flavor of both.

Camping with Water, Electricity, Cellular Data and WiFi

A feature of some national campgrounds is public WiFi. With the availability of WiFi or cellular data, connecting to work is likely to happen. Premium camping sites likely have cellular data connectivity. How does available broadband affect your camping location decision?

Broadband for Emergency and Operations

Emergency personnel also depend on broadband to provide services with the volumes. If the law enforcement, medical, or fire personnel need the use of video, broadband speeds are needed. Broadband is considered high-speed internet of at least 25Mbs down and 5Mbs up. Good broadband also means low latency. Not having sufficient broadband can affect park operations negatively with associated services include fuel, food, and logistical topics.

Plan Your Summer Trip

During the spring many folks plan their summer trip. If you trip is to a national park, ask yourself and family; how important is it to be internet connected? Likely if you are sharing photos and videos during your trip, you will need available broadband.


Isla McKetta. (2021, May 19). Fastest Internet Speeds at US and Canadian National Parks. Speedtest Stories & Analysis: Data-Driven Articles on Internet Speeds; Speedtest Stories & Analysis: Data-driven articles on internet speeds. https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/mobile-performance-national-parks-us-canada-2021/

Yellowstone Proposes Fiber Optic Network To Improve Telecommunications. (2021). Nationalparkstraveler.org. https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2021/03/yellowstone-proposes-fiber-optic-network-improve-telecommunications