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January update on Gigabit Internet in Charlotte
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Google Fiber delayed until early 2015


Our sources says Google remains "very enthusiastic on Charlotte", and the City of Charlotte has a "gung-ho" attitude!

“We’ve been working closely with Charlotte to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we’re grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work,” a Google spokesperson said. “While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we’ll be back in touch sometime early next year.”

Google Fiber recently launched service in their third city, Austin. As they continue their national rollout they are learning what cities need and how best to deploy in neighborhoods. It is our understanding that Google Fiber will implement lessons learned prior to announcing the next cities.

The Charlotte Observer covered the news in this story.

AT&T officially launches GigaPower in NC


AT&T officially announced that it had launched its GigaPower service in Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. The news stems from a partnership with the university-driven North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative, announced earlier this year.

While Charlotte has not been officially launched, an AT&T spokesperson confirmed "We have begun the build process in Charlotte. We'll be sharing more detail about availability as we get closer to product launch."

We can't wait for both AT&T and Google Fiber to launch! For more information on AT&T's announcement for the Triangle section of North Carolina, read the Business Journal article here.

City of Charlotte Works to Close Digital Divide

Charlotte Hearts Gigabit co-founder Candice Langston reported that the City of Charlotte convened a group of representatives to discuss the “digital divide” in Charlotte. Attending organizations included the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, the Knight Foundation, CMS, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and Queens University.

With the impending announcement from Google about the potential roll-out of Google Fiber in Charlotte, and with internet providers such as AT&T and Time Warner currently considering or already offering similar services, the challenge and opportunity to connect more of our citizens to the internet, and leverage the enormous advantage of gigabit connectivity, is emerging.  Read more.

Want to get involved? Contact us at info@charlotteheartsgigabit.com

Charlotte contingent attending 2015 Gigabit City Summit


Kansas City is hosting the Gigabit City Summit January 13-15, 2015. A strong contingent from Charlotte will be in attendance, including City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, CMS, and Charlotte Hearts Gigabit founders. Raleigh-Durham and Salisbury are also sending a contingent of representatives.

On Tuesday, January 13, CHG co-founder Alan Fitzpatrick will be moderating the following panel discussion:

10:15-11:15 am: Laying a Community Foundation
Panelists:
Mike Brown (Brainzooming), Herb Sih (Think Big Partners), Margaret May (Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council)

Look for our tweets from the event (follow @cltheartsgb) and see our February newsletter for a report on the conference.

Gigabit Update at January 20 CRTEC Meeting

Fresh from the Kansas City Gigabit City Summit, CHG co-founder Alan Fitzpatrick will talk residential Gigabit Internet at the Charlotte Regional Technology Executive Council (CRTEC) meeting. If you are not yet a member please see the CRTEC website for more information.

The talk will include an overview of what's transpired since the 2/19/14 Google Fiber announcement, recent updates on AT&T GigaPower, and the benefits residents of Charlotte can expect to see from a Gigabit Internet infrastructure in 2015.

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