June 2015 update on Gigabit Internet in Charlotte
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Excitement is Building for Gigabit!

As Google Fiber, AT&T GigaPower, and TWC Maxx are in the process of building their high speed networks, residents are getting excited about the possibilities. The Carolina Women in Technology group met at AIG on May 18 to learn about the status of Gigabit Internet and what it can mean for our community.

Ari Warren is the group leader shown in the left/top picture, and about 25 enthusiastic participants attended. This is a free Meetup Group and we encourage you to join.
The Ballantyne IT Professionals group held their monthly CIO breakfast on May 22 to discuss Gigabit Internet. While we don't have any pictures from the event, it was nice that Charlotte CIO Jeff Stovall was one of the 16 in attendance and chimed in to add further details to the talk. BITP is another free networking group, focused on technology and based in the Ballantyne area in Charlotte. Join the group and get involved.
Charlotte Hearts Gigabit was invited to speak to ~60 people at the Gastonia East Rotary on June 1. Gaston County is chomping at the 'giga' bit for faster broadband connections, and asked us to speak to the group. Stay tuned for more details on our talk, and the excitement building in Gaston County.

Global Charlotte: Broadband's potential impact on the region.
On June 10 the Charlotte Business Journal is hosting an event focusing on broadband's potential impact on economic development, innovation and foreign direct investment. Friends of Charlotte Hearts Gigabit and BIG Council receive a 25% discount on tickets using promo code: GLOBAL2015FRIENDS
The discount code expires Monday, June 1 at midnight. Registration closes Thursday, June 4. Hope to see you there!

Google Fiber and NTEN launch two fellowship positions in Charlotte to address digital inclusion

The Charlotte Observer recently broke the news that Google Fiber and NTEN launched a fellowship program in Charlotte and seven other metro areas with the goal of helping people who have limited digital access. The Digital Inclusion Fellowship will pair 16 people with local community organizations in eight metro areas where Google is installing new high-speed fiber networks. The fellows will spend a year developing digital inclusion programs.


In Charlotte, the two fellows will work with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Urban League of Central Carolinas. These positions can make a huge impact in the community, and they are looking for candidates to fill the roles. You can review the job descriptions and apply for the positions here.

In other Digital Inclusion news
Charlotte recently joined a multi-city broadband conference to discuss best practices on addressing the digital divide. As previously reported, roughly 20% of Charlotte households do not currently have broadband Internet in their homes. We attended the video conference and wrote this blog post summarizing the event. We are part of the city's Digital Inclusion Steering Committee which is meeting regularly to work on implementation.

To see the city's efforts, and the activities at the May 14 Community Digital Inclusion meeting, go to the Digital Charlotte site here. Also, Marianne Cotter of Broadband Communities wrote this post Closing Charlotte's Daunting Digital Divide, which does a nice job summarizing recent activities.

Google Fiber Updates

Did you know that Google Fiber has filed the plan for their second Google Fiber Hut? As you may recall the first Fiber Hut (#104) was filed for 3820 Ridge Rd 28269. Since then a second Fiber Hut plan has been filed for Hut #108 at 3427 W. Sugar Creek Rd. These are the first two of the 20+ fiber huts being deployed throughout the city. Get excited Charlotte!

Would you like to search the online land development record system to stay abreast of the filings? Simply go to this website, enter Google Fiber in the Project Name field and click Search.

Also of note, Google Fiber has an open position for City Manger - Charlotte.
Apply here.
We spoke at Light Reading's first Gigabit Cities Live event in Atlanta May 13-14 and were blown away by the excitement over Gigabit Internet! Attendees came from all over the country. Some cities already have Gigabit Internet, others like Charlotte are waiting for ISP deployments, and yet others are still trying to get an ISP interested in building in their city. Read our blog post summarizing the event.

Community News Editor Marianne Cotter of Broadband Communities Magazine continues to write about her experiences in Charlotte. Read about the journey from her perspective as a recent transplant from Santa Monica, CA.

GigHacks Charlotte 2015
3 minute video summary of the recent GigHacks event in Charlotte. See what you missed! Stay tuned for the date of the next Gigabit Hackathon event.

Charlotte entrepreneurs and developers describe the Google I/O Extended experience

Charlotte’s developers and entrepreneurs got together this past week for Google I/O, an annual event showcasing Google’s new products. Read about the experience in Charlotte, the entrepreneurship panel discussion, and comments from the local participants in our blog post here.
Charlotte Hearts Gigabit will be attending these upcoming events:

June 10

Global Charlotte (a CBJ event) - Broadband's potential impact on Charlotte's econ development and innovation.  For details, and to register, download the PDF here.

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