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Erica Anderson
Director of Economic and Community Development

WestNGN Broadband

Tell us about your internet service!

Businesses and Residents in the Land of Sky Region - Is your service reliable? Do you want and need better service?

Please take this survey which is part of a regional effort to increase broadband availability (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties). Please share with others!

You can take the survey on your smart phone or laptop. Paper copies will be available in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

Regional Broundband Leadership Forum

May 21, 2018
Land of Sky Regional Council

WestNGN continues to make progress in evaluating current broadband needs, working to improve public policy and urging current providers to expand their coverage.

REGISTRATION: 9:30 - l O am
PROGRAM: l O am - 12 pm
Limited to first 75 registrants!

Agenda will include:

  1. Welcome & comments by UNC Asheville Chancellor Urgo and other leaders
  2. Update on Phase l and 2 of the West Next Generation Network initiative
  3. Introductory presentations from Hotwire and RiverStreet
  4. State policy update from Dr. Marc Hoit (CIO of NCSU)
  5. Briefing by Mr. Jeff Sural, Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office, NC Dept. of Information Technology who will cover their new "Community Playbook" and introduce a local initiative to measure broadband coverage.
  6. Open discussion

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.