NC Broadband Plan, apartments get fiber, Google Fiber and AT&T updates
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July 2016
North Carolina Broadband Plan
Governor McCrory Releases State Broadband Plan

The plan outlines recommendations for the state to increase internet access, focusing on lowering infrastructure construction costs, preparing a 21st century workforce, increasing small business adoption, and expanding access for K-12 students at home. Read the Press Release here.

Download the 75 page PDF here.
Fiber ISPs compete for apartments
Charlotte area apartments get fiber

Millennials are willing to pay more for high-speed web access - AT&T and Google Fiber both want to be first. 

Find out if your apartment is getting
Google Fiber:
Click here
AT&T GigaPower Click here
Digital Inclusion Fellow Cache Owens
Charlotte's Caché Owens and Margo Scurry are announced as 2016 Digital Inclusion Fellows!
Read announcement here.

Caché is a passionate community organizer and PhD student at UNCC. Caché has worked with neighborhoods on a variety of complex issues, all exacerbated by the digital divide. Caché will be hosted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership.

Margo is passionate about training as it has been a major asset in just about every aspect of her career but most significantly through her work with workforce development non-profits and as a provider of custom training services in her community. Margo will be hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
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Welcome to Complete Network Support (CNS), our latest Growth Partner! 

CNS is a high-value provider of computer and network support for small and midmarket business. We have a proven record of identifying and fixing systemic problems in information technology infrastructure that other IT companies leave behind. IT services from CNS deliver high-quality results with predictable pricing.

Welcome CNS! Please visit CNS website for more info.
Gaston Gigabit
Gigabit fosters entrepreneurship.

Gaston County  is launching a new innovation and startup incubator, GigWorks. Gaston Gigabit committee members Nicole Murphey and Marc Burns recently presented the logo. 
Sign up for their mailing list here.
Google Fiber Updates
Google Fiber Updates

Pilot Program announced in Charlotte. See if you qualify here.

Charting Google Fiber's progress across Charlotte. Read
CBJ article here

Google Fiber agrees to acquire Webpass, a fiber ISP in 5 major markets: Read here
AT&T Updates
AT&T Updates

AT&T Expands Access to Gigabit Speeds to more Businesses in 20 NC Markets: Read here

Triad business parks designated 'AT&T Fiber Ready' Read here

AT&T's 1 Gbps service reaches 15 North Carolina communities in first 18 months of service: Read here
Fibrant Updates
Fibrant Updates

Salisbury's municipal network Fibrant gets the OK to expand into Rowan County. Three major customers already to go. Read article here.

Salisbury City Council Member on why it is important for munis to their own fiber network: Read here
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Fiber Optic Broadband Boosts Value of Multifamily Homes

FTTC releases study showing access to fiber-delivered Internet raises rental values by up to 8 percent, and purchase prices of condos by 2.8 percent. Read here

Fast and reliable broadband is the most important amenity for MDU residents.
KC Startup House
Example for Charlotte: A 'smart home' incubator launches in KC

As a example of what can happen in Charlotte, a KC entrepreneur launched a Startup Home to host 'smart home' entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. Located in KC Startup Village, the home has access to Google Fiber.
Read about it here.
We read it and you should too:
  • What's the best way to track entrepreneur events in Charlotte? Read our post here
  • The importance of gigabit internet infrastructure. Read our post here
  • Wif-fi coming to school buses in Montgomery Co., NC: Read here
  • Advocates explain why net neutrality matters:Read here
  • Chattanooga mayor: Gigabit speed internet helped revive city: Read here
  • A great 5 min read on diff types of fiber networks & why the delay in lighting homes and biz. Read here
  • NC Welcome Centers now offer Wi-Fi access: Read here

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