North Carolina


Could all of Cleveland County soon see high speed wireless internet (Shelby Star) July 14, 2013

Many parts of northern Cleveland County are disconnected. There is undeveloped land that could be used for new businesses.

Should government be in internet biz? Yes (Charlotte Observer) June 20, 2013

If you think you’re being ripped off by the cable and telephone companies, you aren’t alone. These companies rank at the top of the most hated corporations in America, year after year. Given a recent report from the Federal Communications Commission, North Carolinians have more reasons to be angry than most Americans.

Should governmnet be in internet biz? No (Charlotte Observer) June 20, 2013

Rep. Robert Brawley’s recent outburst aimed at House Speaker Thom Tillis brings to mind Mark Twain’s adage – don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Wilson, NC-the self-described ‘gigabit city’ (WUNC) July 8, 2013

The city of Wilson has finished installing a fiber optic Internet system. It’s the first such project in North Carolina that will provide the city of about 50,000 people with ultra-high speed Internet.

Muni network debate in Charlotte Observer (Community Broadband Networks) July 5, 2013

In a recent op ed in the Charlotte Observer, Christopher Mitchell delves into why North Carolina ranks last in per capita subscribers to a broadband connection. The state, through its legislature, is held hostage by large providers such as Time Warner, CenturyLink, and AT&T. David Hoyle, a retired Senator who admitted pushing bills written by Time Warner Cable, signed his name to an op-ed arguing cities should not have the authority to make their own decisions in this regard.

County is polling residents about lack of internet access (The Sylva Herald) June 22, 2013

During the past year, Jackson County leaders have been discussing the lack of high-speed Internet access throughout the county.

Holly Springs looking to save with municipal network (Community Broadband Networks) June 21, 2013

The Town Council of Holly Springs, North Carolina, just voted to pursue municipal network infrastructure. The Holly Spring Sun reports that the proposed network would include Town Hall, a local business park, the wastewater treatment plant, and school facilities. Wi-fi would be available in parks and public facilities. Holly Springs is about 25,000 people in the center of the state near Research Triangle Park.

Town may build fiber optic network (Holly Springs Sun) June 12, 2013

The Holly Springs Town Council at its June 4 meeting directed staff to proceed with planning to build a proposed fiber optic network. The consultant on the project updated the council on the proposed network and compared it to building digital highways. She said the network would save taxpayer funds with affordable internet bandwidth for town facilities. The town could lease the network to private service providers, which could offer connections to private businesses and possibly, in the very long term, to residents, staff said.

Speak up if you want high speed internet in Jackson (Smoky Mountain News) May 22, 2013

Jackson County wants to bring high-speed Internet service to a greater number of residents, but doing so means convincing an Internet service provider there’s enough potential customers to make it worth their while

AT&T, local nonprofit to bolster broadband for state (Triangle Business Journal) May 1, 2013

AT&T is teaming up with Research Triangle Park tech nonprofit MCNC to increase the traffic capacity of the North Carolina Research and Education Network, a broadband infrastructure intended to meet the needs of the state’s research, education and other community institutions.

Wilson’s Greenlight to offer 1 GBPS – sometime by July, pricing not yet set (DSL Broadband Reports) April 22, 2013

Wilson, North Carolina is the home of a municipal fiber deployment named Greenlight that has offered symmetrical 100 Mbps connections since 2009, and is now poised to offer locals speeds up to 1 Gbps. The deployment has been a favorite target for incumbent providers for years; Time Warner Cable has a long history of using misleading push polls to confuse locals, and both writing and lobbying for state-level laws aimed at preventing other “Wilsons” from sprouting up.

First Gigabit network in NC (Community Broadband Networks) April 22, 2013

In North Carolina, Wilson’s Greenlight will begin offering gigabit residential services as early as July. Greenlight began offering FTTH service since 2008 to businesses and households and now provides affordable and reliable triple play.

Wilson becomes first community in NC to offer ultra-fast internet (Mountain Xpress) April 19, 2013

Since the early 2000s, town leaders in Wilson, N.C., less than an hour east of the Raleigh-Durham area, have sought to create a broadband network that brings its residents and businesses into the high-speed, digital age. Nationwide, about 19 million Americans don’t have access to fast Internet – which can drive jobs, support education initiatives, connect hospitals and more.

Curious tale of Raleigh’s free downtown wi-fi (Raleigh Public Record) April 5, 2013

The company running Raleigh’s downtown free Wi-Fi went bankrupt last year – and forgot to tell the city, according to city staff.

Responses for next generation network surprise, please Triangle backers (WRAL Tech Wire) April 5, 2013

The review of responses has just begun, but the backers seeking to create a Google Fiber-like high-speed network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad are certainly pleased with what they have seen so far.

Former FCC chief of staff Levin: Time Warner will be a better company (Triangle Business Journal) April 5, 2013

Blair Levin, former FCC chief of staff and current Gig.U president, says that Time Warner Cable’s proposed involvement with the North Carolina Next Generation Network would make the company better.

Time Warner Cable Bids for Future North Carolina Network (Broadband Communities) April 5, 2013

Time Warner Cable (TWC), a provider of video, high-speed data and voice services, has formally submitted a bid to play an integral role in the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) project. The NCNGN is a regional initiative to support educational and economic development by accelerating the deployment of ultra-high-speed Internet access.

Time Warner bids on ‘Next Generation’ fiber network (WRAL Tech Wire) April 3, 2013

Time Warner Cable wants to be considered for a role in building the super-fast fiber optic network dubbed the North Carolina Next Generation project.

Group considering proposals for ultra high-speed internet (North Carolina Next Generation Network) April 3, 2013

“A group of Triangle communities and universities that want to see a private company build out ultra-high speed Internet infrastructure here has received responses from eight potential providers of the technology.

Wireless internet beamed into rural areas solves high-speed service conundrum (Smoky Mountain News) February 27, 2013

Jackson County could be going from zero to high-speed in no time. Two internet providers are laying plans to beam wireless internet into rural and remote reaches of Jackson – areas that until now have been underserved when it comes to high-speed internet access.

Gig.U tries to bring more bandwidth to 7-county metro area (News Observer) February 24, 2013

In two years, citizens of the Triangle’s seven-county metro area might be able to download a movie faster, pitch telecommuting from home to their bosses or start a new business. The reason? The Raleigh-Durham area could have new ultra-high-speed bandwidth capabilities.

Got broadband? If not, local nonprofit MAIN wants you to map it (Mountain Xpress) February 12, 2013

Although broadband or high-speed Internet access is fairly common in Asheville, many Western North Carolinians can’t get it if they wanted to, largely because the infrastructure doesn’t extend to their communities and homes. Thanks to a grant, local nonprofit MAIN has a mapping tool that could help get access to the nearly 48,000 WNC residents who are missing out on the digital revolution. (For a statewide map, go to the e-ncbroadband website.)

Why GigU matters: Who doesn’t want faster internet speed? (North Carolina Next Generation) February 4, 2013

“See, Gig.U, if implemented, wouldn’t just bring fast internet and businesses interested in faster Internet to the Triangle – it would bring something the miser in all of us will appreciate – cheaper bills.”

Gig.U to bring gigabit broadband to North Carolina (Telecompaper) February 12, 2013

The Gig.U coalition of universities that is helping college towns in the US gain access to super-fast broadband is expanding its effort to bring gigabit speed broadband networks to more communities

New site aims to help map WNC broadband access (Carolina Public Press) February 4, 2013

Residents of Western North Carolina plagued by sub-par broadband Internet access – or no access at all – can document their experience to share with policymakers thanks to a new website from the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN).

The real broadband story (News Observer – John Stephenson, ALEC, Letter to the Editor) February 4, 2013

Christopher Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle’s Point of View piece Jan. 29 ignored important facts about broadband deployment that will take Tar Heels from tobacco and textiles to high technology.

Nearly 300 million Americans have access to at least one and, in most cases, two or three broadband providers. Moreover, wireless and satellite providers continue to invest in 4G wireless technology and new satellites that can now offer speeds rivaling wired broadband.

Gig U begins search for builder of ‘super Internet’ (Triangle Business Journal) February 1, 2013

Gig.U took another step Friday in bringing the same kind of high tech broadband that Google is rolling out in Kansas City. The nationwide initiative is making its first regional push in the Triangle – and, today, it released a request for proposals (RFP) to get the ball rolling.

Gig.U’s course material fraught with opportunities, assumptions and big money (Triangle Business Journal) January 28, 2013

For a while, Gig.U President Blair Levin sounded like a technology preacher. “If you stay still, you actually will fall behind,” he said referring to the need and demand for more bandwidth in every community. Levin was meeting with a few reporters at MCNC in RTP on Monday.

Ultra high-speed internet is imperative for city, county (Winston-Salem) January 27, 2013

The opportunity for Winston-Salem to get in on the ground floor of the next evolution in digital technology, so-called ultra high-speed wireless service, would be a huge advantage for the Piedmont Triad Research Park and economic development in general. City and Forsyth County leaders should fall in line with this project.

Gig U details for Triangle to be unveiled (Triangle Business Journal) January 24, 2013

Larry Page and Google, here’s your unofficial invitation to the Triangle. Three Triangle universities, Duke, North Carolina State and UNC-Chapel Hill, are among 29 American universities trying to build ultra-high-speed computer networks in their neighboring communities, and Page can help them do it, says Mark Hoit, chief information officer for NCSU.

Leaders see Gig-U as path to opportunity (Chapel Hill News) January 22, 2013

Local leaders took the first step last week toward routing ultra high-speed Internet service to every home and business in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

City wants ultra fast Internet access (Winston-Salem Journal) January 19, 2013 

Imagine being able to download a high-definition movie in less than a minute, or doing video and audio editing from your laptop.

Those are among the potential benefits – possibly as early as mid-2014 – of Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem hitching a ride on what is being billed as the fastest lane yet on the information superhighway.

Chapel Hill town council advances regional Internet project (News Observer Blog) January 14, 2013

Chapel Hill’s Town Council authorized the town manager Monday night to proceed with a bidding process for building a high-speed community Internet network.

Officials hope to bring high-speed internet to parts of Pender (Pender Beaches News) January 2, 2013

Officials in Pender County are working with NC Broadband’s senior technical assistance director to bring high-speed internet services to areas in Pender County that don’t already have it.


The empire lobbies back: How Big Cable killed competition in North Carolina (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) January 3, 2012

After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities.

The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting network was recently examined in a case study by Todd O’Boyle and Christopher Mitchell titled Carolina’s Connected Community: Wilson Gives Greenlight to Fast Internet.


North Carolina among states where telecom companies, legislatures limit broadband, Bloomberg reports (Mountain Xpress) December 28, 2012

In “U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service,” Susan Crawford, writing for Bloomberg, outlines the state of broadband deployment and access in the United States: The tale isn’t promising, and part of the problem: Legislators and telecom companies working to block getting high-speed service to Americans. Crawford cites the case of North Carolina legislation that blocks municipalities from creating broadband networks; the law was passed after the small town of Wilson built and deployed a 100 Megabyte per second service.

King Mountain fiber optic network to save city $65K (Gaston Gazette) December 16, 2012

A faster, more efficient way of connecting to the world is headed to Kings Mountain in 2013.
The Kings Mountain City Council unanimously approved contracts this week to begin building inside and outside infrastructure for its fiber optic project.

Heartland Institute reacts to Common Cause report on ‘Greenlight” Municipal Broadband in Wilson, NC (Heartland Institute) December 7, 2012

“The people of Wilson had better like the service and speed of Greenlight – pretty much forever – because this municipal network, with its publicly subsidized and artificially low prices, has greatly discouraged any new competitors from entering the market. The ‘Greenlight’ will be looking pretty dim to residents years from now when it is virtually the only network in town – and will be as unresponsive to customer demands as most monopolies.”

Raleigh plans hobbled by state ban on municipal networks (Community Broadband Networks) November 26, 2012

A recent article and video from Government Technology highlights the ambitious plans of Raleigh to harness the Internet to improve its attractiveness to forward-looking companies.

Government must know proper role (Sun Journal – Editorial) November 12, 2012

The North Carolina towns of Davidson and Mooresville have unwittingly made a foolproof case as to why government should refrain from trying its hand at entrepreneurship.

Broadband and you: Industry think tank’s top 10 benefits (WRAL Tech Wire) November 5, 2012

Barry Umansky and Robert Yadon at the Digital Policy Institute have a list anyone concerned with broadband issues should read…

..”Our 21st century digital infrastructure can be the conduit for many consumer benefits,” the co-authors of the list wrote. “As part of our review of those many benefits, we’ve developed a top 10 list that federal and state officials should consider when making choices that can affect the availability and capacity of broadband.”

MI-Connection, a failing government-owned network in North Carolina (Coalition for the New Economy) October 31, 2012

In 2007, the local governments of Davidson and Mooresville, N.C. preempted a private offer from Time Warner Communications and took over the Adelphia Communications cable company. The result was MI-Connection, a government-operated network (GON) shared by both towns.

Broadband expansion is 65% complete (Journal Patriot) August 30, 2012

Work on the largest construction project in the history of Wilkes Telecommunications Inc. is now 65 percent complete, according to company officials. The Wilkesboro-based telephone cooperative’s project will make high-speed broadband Internet available in a large portion of the company’s service area.

Country Cablevision brings FTTH to North Carolina, thanks to $25.3 million grant from RUS (Broadband DSL Reports) August 31, 2012

NC: While Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink did pay state legislators to pass a law making it much harder for communities in North Carolina to wire themselves, not everything is rotten in the Tar Heel State. Country Cablevision this week announced that the company is starting a fiber to the home build that should help serve 33,000 people, 1,900 local businesses and 120 community institutions. According to a press release, the build is made possible by a $25.3 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities (RUS). According to Country Cablevision, deployment is underway now and customers should start seeing live service sometime in early 2013.

Disconnected: Charting the Charlotte Observer’s failure to cover the fight for Internet access in North Carolina (Media Matters for America) April 11, 2012

CORRECTION: Media Matters has identified a serious error that resulted in the omission of several Charlotte Observer columns and articles discussing municipal broadband during the time of this debate. We cannot support our earlier conclusion that the Charlotte Observer did not inform its readers on the issue of North Carolina’s “digital divide” over the past two years. Media Matters prides itself on a long history of accuracy in its media studies, and we apologize for the error.

City of Spencer balks at subsidizing Salisbury’s city-owned broadband (Carolina Journal) March 21, 2012

A controversy is brewing in Rowan County between the City of Salisbury and the Town of Spencer over funding for Salisbury’s municipal broadband system.

At issue is Salisbury’s use of funds from the city’s water-sewer capital reserve fund to support Fibrant, the municipal broadband system that went online in late 2010, financed with $33 million in debt.

Do we really need Fibrant and numerous other articles on Salisbury, NC municipal broadband system, Anti-Fibrant, 2011-12

North Carolina law makes municipal broadband nearly impossible (Government Computer News) August 24, 2011

North Carolina’s legislature has killed a key state agency and passed a law that makes it nearly impossible for cities in the state to operate their own broadband networks, Stateline reports.

Time Warner continues legal assault on Community Fiber in City of Wilson (Broadband DSL Reports) November 1, 2010

North Carolina has been a hot bed of community fiber deployments, cities like Wilson and Salisbury building fiber to the home networks that offer services that far-exceed the speeds offered by regional incumbents AT&T and Time Warner Cable. After failing to have these projects banned on the state levelCommunity Broadband Networks directs our attention that Time Warner Cable is still hard at work trying to kill Wilson’s deployment in any way possible.

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