North Carolina Cities Group Releases Report Advocating for Community-Based Internet Access

Date: 3 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) released a report in March with several recommendations designed to help the state boost connectivity for residents, businesses, and organizations. The report dedicates time describing different public-private partnership models and the elements that make them distinct. In recent years, the term has been used to describe a broad spectrum of arrangements. We’ve highlighted partnerships in places like Westminster, Maryland, and Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where both partners invest and share in risk and reward.… Read More

Community Broadband Pushed Out of Pinetops, N.C.

Date: 30 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After the North Carolina legislature has pulled out all the stops in keeping rural Pinetops from gaining and keeping municipal broadband connectivity by nearby Wilson’s Greenlight network for-profit ISP Suddenlink is stepping in to connect this community. This overview explains how the situation got to this point and the disparate power at play.… Read More

North Carolina Local Media Focuses On Frontier Failures

Date: 28 Dec 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WLOS News 13 – December 21st, 2017 Local investigative news shows often earn a reputation for digging into scams and rip-offs that pick consumers’ pockets. In a recent WLOS News 13 Investigates segment, Western North Carolina’s ABC affiliate started asking some tough questions about Frontier’s Internet access service in rural parts of the state. A Comedy Of … Read More

Pedal-Powered Composters Support Local Food Movement (feat. Tilthy Rich Compost) – Episode #2

Date: 1 Dec 2017 | posted in: Composting, Podcast, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We talk with Kat Nigro, General Manager of Durham, NC-based Tilthy Rich Compost. Tilthy Rich, a bike-powered food scrap hauler, aims to make composting a common practice accessible to everyone in their hometown of Durham. … Read More

Wilson, North Carolina’s Fiber Network Headlines Economic Development Plan

Date: 20 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wilson has made their community-owned Greenlight fiber network central to their economic development plan, a move that may forge a new approach for other communities with similar assets. Revitalization Efforts In 2008, when Wilson’s Greenlight community network first launched, the Federal Communications Commission ranked North Carolina last in the nation in percentage of households subscribing to at least … Read More

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

Date: 27 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in 13 … Read More

Pinetops Will Stay Connected to Broadband In North Carolina, For Now

Date: 30 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s been a long road for Pinetops, North Carolina, as they’ve sought better connectivity in their rural community. After dramatic ups and downs, the community seems to have finally found a tepid resolution. Greenlight can, for now, continue to serve Pinetops. With Conditions On June 28th, the General Assembly passed HB 396, which allows Wilson’s municipal network, Greenlight, … Read More

Legislative and Broadband Relief For Pinetops, North Carolina In Sight

Date: 23 Mar 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Since August 2016, the small community of Pinetops has been on the verge of losing their best connection to the 21st century – high quality Internet access. The North Carolina Legislature has a chance to change all that this session with legislation that will carve out an exception to restrictive state laws that prevent a local … Read More

Wilson’s Greenlight Provides Affordable Internet Access To Public Housing Residents

Date: 15 Dec 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post was written by Kate Svitavsky, an intern for the Community Broadband Networks initiative. Super-fast, reliable, and affordable Internet access is coming to residents living in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Greenlight, Wilson’s municipal network, recently began providing 40 Megabits per second (Mbps) for $10 per month to public housing residents — about a … Read More

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