Nov. 2015 update on Gigabit Internet in Charlotte
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E2D program selected for first-ever Digital Inclusion Leadership Award:

Inspired by 12-year-old Franny Millen, who wanted to help more of her classmates access the Internet at home, Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) has provided homes with school-aged children a computer and access to Internet. Read the award announcement on the 6 winners.
The current state of internet access is simply a question of policy. Susan Crawford, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, spoke at the Knight School of Communication at Queens. Read summary here.

For information on Charlotte's Digital Inclusion efforts read here.

Regional News

Huntersville gets Gigabit: AT&T expands GigaPower Internet service to residential and small business customers in select areas of Huntersville. Read here.
TWC completes rollout of the Maxx Internet Service in the Charlotte region. Read story here.

North State is expanding Gigabit fiber service to High Point and Greensboro.
Read story.

Greensboro County wants to light up dark fiber network. Read here.
Gaston County approves a $975,000 grant request from the Gaston Gigabit committee to create a hybrid Business Incubator/Gigabit Internet Technology Innovation Center/Co-Working Space in Gaston County. It will provide a springboard for small business start-ups, and serve as a demonstration center for ultra-high-speed Internet service.  Read story here.
We read it and you should too:
  • Four paths to abundant Internet bandwidth. By Blair Levin. Read here.
  • Fiber-optic key to a healthy economy. Read here.
  • How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service. Read here.
  • Director of Fibrant, Kent Winrich, speaks about their 10Gb network covering all Salisbury. Read here.
Nov 9 - WFAE airs "Closing The Student Technology Gap At Home: CMS works with E2D" Read here.

Nov 12 - Geek Fest at CPCC - Levine. Stop by the Digital Inclusion Steering Committee table. Event site.

Nov 17 - Gaston Gigabit hosts "Business & Beers" at 5:30 at the Catawba River Antique Mall, 406 Catawba Street in Belmont. Open to Small Business Owners, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs in Gaston County.

Dec 1 -  Screening of the movie CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at the Epicenter.
Get tickets here.

May 16-18: Gigabit City Summit in Kansas City. See event site here.

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