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February 2017
Google Fiber gets new CEO, steps up the pace in existing markets, adds Louisville to Upcoming Cities list.

Charlotte - Signups are open in Highland Creek. Google Fiber reiterates commitment to Charlotte.

Raleigh - Fiber Space opens, signups underway in North Hills. Google Fiber reiterates commitment to the market.

Has Google Fiber changed Kansas City? A podcast interview with KC Digital Drive founder Aaron Deacon.
AT&T in Greenville SC
AT&T adds 5 more fiber markets in February. Gigabit broadband available in parts of 51 markets (read here).

CEO says there is a 30% take rate of gigabit. Pricing varies, but is as much as $50 per month lower in markets where AT&T faces Google Fiber competition. Good news for Charlotte and the Triangle!
Coalition for Local Internet Choice
Gigabit action is statewide in North Carolina! A few examples:
  • North State - High Point region
  • Fibrant - Salisbury
  • Greenlight - Wilson
  • Riverstreet - Wilkesboro (video)
  • Ting - Holly Springs
  • Windstream - Concord, Davidson, Matthews
  • Suddenlink - Greenville, Rocky Mount, New Bern
  • CenturyLink- Fayetteville, Raeford, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines
  • Frontier - Triangle area
The Coalition for Local Internet Choice convenes statewide muni fiber meetings.
Open Broadband, LLC
There is an urban/rural divide in our country for those with broadband speeds, and those without. People and communities lacking broadband at home are at a major disadvantage.

Open Broadband, our newest sponsor. is a fixed wireless broadband provider bringing broadband to our underserved communities. Let them know of any areas needing broadband (
NC Broadband Infrastructure Office
The Broadband Infrastructure Office (BroadbandIO) was established by the State Chief Information Officer (SCIO) in 2015 as a statewide resource for broadband access, first responder communications and classroom connectivity initiatives led by the State of North Carolina. Visit the website for resources and information, and please complete their "lack of service registry".
Charlotte Hearts Gigabit Blog
We read it and you should too!

Google Fiber 2.0 targets the city where it will stage its comeback, as AT&T Fiber prepares to go nuclear. Read TechRepublic article here.

How fiber has expanded in towns like Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Apex: Read here.

Pat Millen, founder of E-2-D, talks about efforts to eliminate the Digital Divide. Read here.

Verizon buys XO for $1.8B to boost its 5G wireless gigabit plans. Read post here.
Upcoming Events

February 22 - Charlotte Digital Inclusion Steering Team Community Forum: Workforce Development in the Digital Divide.  Register here

February 28 - US Ignite And North State Offering $40,000 In Funding To Gigabit App Developers At Reverse Pitch Competition. Info here.

March 30 - CLIC (Coalition for Local Internet Choice) meeting in Greensboro. (By invitation only - contact for details.)

Recommended Book on Open Data

Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation

Edited by Brett Goldstein, former Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, with Code for America, this book features essays from over twenty of the world’s leading experts in a first-of-its-kind instructive anthology about how open data is changing the face of our public institutions.

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