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Erica Anderson
Director of Economic and Community Development

WestNGN Broadband

WestNGN Broadband Survey

Tell us about your Internet service! Residents in the WestNGN - Land of Sky Region - Is your service reliable? Do you want or need better service?

This survey is for all residents of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties.

This survey will lead to a better understanding of broadband coverage in the region. Results will be used to develop deployment plans in partnership with the NC Broadband Infrastructure Office. The goal is to attract private investment and further develop public-private partnerships to better serve the region.

WestNGN Internet Survey

Contact Erica Anderson at 828.251.6622 or erica@landofsky.org for questions.

Regional Broundband Leadership Forum

WestNGN Broadband – Regional Broadband Leadership Forum hosted by the UNC Asheville and Land of Sky Regional Council on May 21, 2018.  Dr. William Sederburg, Chair of WestNGN Initiative, announced that as a direct result of the efforts to date, there are two new entrants to the regional Broadband market – Hotwire Communications and RiverStreet Networks. Each company joined Charter Communications in presenting their business model and deployment plan for the region. While full deployment is anticipated to take many years, the attraction of new investment is an exciting step for our region.  Additional speakers included Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor of IT and CIO at NC State University,  Mr. Jeffrey Sural, Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office at NC Department of Information Technology. Speaker presentations and contact information will be uploaded to the WestNGN website: www.landofsky.org/westngnbroadband

Regional Broadband Initiative:
Developing a structure for broadband deployment is critical to the ability to attract businesses and entrepreneurs in advanced technologies, export opportunities, and professional and technical services. High-speed access is also critical for training the region's workforce to a level that the advanced manufacturing sector and other technology-intensive businesses demand. Without direct and focused investment in this infrastructure, the region will slip further behind the rest of the state's technology advancements.

Project Goal: Attract and leverage private investment from telecommunications companies.
The intent of the project is to highlight the conditions, assets, and collaboration of regional jurisdictions in order to gain high-speed service, greater capacity, and expanded infrastructure at competitive costs. Broadband is not necessarily the ‘leader’ for industries to locate in an area, but businesses are unwilling to locate to areas without adequate broadband. It is now considered a necessary infrastructure component for residential, business, healthcare, and educational users. These are key elements to build a competitive workforce, and to attract and retain technology- and knowledge-based businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.

West Next Generation Network (NGN) Broadband is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of broadband networks in Western North Carolina. WestNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.

WestNGN High-Gigabit Broadband Project
This effort is led by six municipalities and universities with support from Land of Sky Regional Council.

Need: Bandwidth and high-speed access are the technological equivalents of highways and electricity. Contemporary and cutting-edge knowledge-based businesses and industries need bandwidth, fiber, an educated workforce, and a great place to live. Lack of affordable broadband services threatens our region’s ability to remain competitive and maintain its reputation as home to multiple hubs of technological innovation. North Carolina should ensure our residents and businesses are able to enjoy the benefits of these advanced technologies so as to promote economic development, improve local government services including access for anchor institutions, remote healthcare and reduce the digital divide.

The Land of Sky region has a strong entrepreneurical foundation, excellent quality of life, and growing technology sectors.

WestNGN is working toward continued focus on high-speed gigabit, middle-mile and last-mile fiber. This multi-pronged approah is necessary to bridge the digital divide common to our rural areas and ensure continued economic development opportunities.

Information on the NGN Project provided by North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) ncengine.net

WestNGN Timeline

WestNGN Municiplaities

Collaborative Partnerships

Related Links

WestNGN RFN PackageWestNGN VisionFrequently Asked Questions

Next Generation Network (NGN) project in Raleigh area

Triangle RFP and FAQs

Greensboro NGN (TriGig) effort

Next-Generation Applications

US Ignite: We foster the development of next- generation applications. Through our work, we help developers, communities, individuals, and partners bring gigabit applications to life.

NIST and US Ignite 2016 Global Cities Teams Challenge: An initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. Hosted by the National Institute of Science and Technology and US-Ignite .

Other Resources

Fiber to the Home Council: The FTTH Council’s mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life.

Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.