Why Fiber? In NC Broadband Matters’ last Zoomcast event, we addressed the differences between fiber and wireless broadband networks, but we just skimmed the surface on the real cost of fiber, including the cost of not deploying it. In this Zoomcast, we will take a real-world deep dive into the costs (and methods) of building a fiber network and discuss short and long-term pros and cons versus other media. We’ll also hear from local providers on why they chose fiber to the home as their infrastructure of choice in a world increasingly dependent on ever-growing upstream and downstream communications capacity demands.
Access to fiber broadband networks is the gold standard when planning your broadband networks. But so often going for the best is described as “expensive,” and so underserved communities are told to think about “wireless.” What does that mean? Does this approach just set up a new digital divide? Join our NCBM Board technology experts to learn what the real difference is between these technologies, how “future-proof” each is, and the truth that almost every wireless network relies on fiber to get the job done.
11:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting
Gene Scott, General Manager, Wilson Greenlight Community Broadband
Mark Boxer, Technical Director, Optical Fiber Solutions (OFS)
Average home upload usage grew 58% in the last year. What does that mean for community broadband planning? Join Doug Dawson, Gene Scott and Mark Boxer from NC Broadband Matters to learn WHY upstream matters, and how you can factor this critical element into your local broadband plan.
Please join the Southwestern Commission, the Land of Sky Council and NC Broadband Matters in a virtual conversation about regional broadband issues and needs in Western North Carolina. This information sharing and learning session will address local issues with targeted information. Join us!
+ The North Carolina context: what local governments and communities must know to move their broadband plan forward, plus what is and is not allowable under North Carolina laws.
+ Sourcing better data: documenting need and impact to drive better decisions and attract partners, plus the best strategies and tools for collecting and communicating data in formats customized to target audiences.
+ How to address the homework gap and rural telehealth applications
Experienced broadband planners, strategists and data crunchers Deb Watts and Brian Rathbone with Broadband Catalysts (http://broadbandcatalysts.com/) will lead the discussion, with guest speaker Erin Wynia, Chief Legislative Counsel, NC League of Municipalities to update us on broadband legislative issues.
Please join the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments and NC Broadband Matters in a curated VIRTUAL conversation about regional broadband issues and needs in Northeast North Carolina. This information sharing and learning session will address local issues with targeted information. Join us!
Please join the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and NC Broadband Matters in a curated VIRTUAL conversation about regional broadband issues and needs for Central North Carolina. This information sharing and learning session will address local issues with targeted information. Join us!
“Digital connectivity is the glue of the modern American economy. Yet for all of broadband’s economic benefits, the country continues to face a significant digital divide at the household level.” (Brookings Institution, 2017)
Let’s do something about it, because NC Broadband Matters. Join us in Raleigh for the second annual NC Hearts Gigabit Interactive, a showcase of solutions demonstrating why access to modern broadband matters to rural and urban vitality, workforce development, and leadership in technology innovation as a state. Let’s power the future of local communities in North Carolina!
All North Carolina residents deserve affordable and reliable broadband access. NC Broadband Matters, NC League of Municipalities and the Institute for Local Self Reliance host a series of local conversations about improving Internet access for everyone. Events in Albemarle, Fuquay-Varina and Jacksonville. Event recap here.
Regular community meet-up event to share stories on progress in Gigabit Internet deployment in NC. With presentations from City of Salisbury partner Hotwire Communications, providers Open Broadband and RiverStreet Networks, and digital inclusion organizations, Kramden Institute and E2D. Legislative update from NC League of Municipalities.
NORTH CAROLINA HEARTS GIGABIT: AN INTERACTIVE IDEA EXCHANGE
NC Rural Economic Development Center, Raleigh
April 20, 2018
What steps does North Carolina need to take now to grow digitally connected and economically resilient local communities? The inaugural conference of NC Broadband Matters will feature inspiring broadband network deployment success stories from around the state: how to build it, finance it and use it to deepen local cultures of connectivity and productivity for the 21st century. Attendees will benefit from hearing a playbook of actionable steps they can take back to advance their own local broadband and economic development agendas.
Join TechWorks Gaston and Mozilla Foundation for a GigWOW workshop that will delve into the promise of the high-speed internet network currently under development in Gaston County. Help define the impact of this network on the community and see a live demo with a local business. Reception afterward at Riverman Brewery.
Local and regional leaders gather to discuss gigabit broadband deployment throughout North Carolina. Reps from Charlotte-area digital inclusion, workforce training and youth engagement initiatives present on their efforts at the Google Fiber space in downtown Charlotte.
CAPTURE THE FLAG: AN ETHICAL CYBERSECURITY HACK FOR BEGINNERS
November 4, 2017
Gig Cities Wilson, NC and Westminster, MD host a dual-location, ethical cybersecurity hackathon competition to showcase the power of a gig network for work and play, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community and economic development. Preference to play given to high school and college age students. Link to registration page here.
AN ACTION PLAN FOR LOCAL INTERNET CHOICE IN 2017 AND BEYOND
November 7, 2017
Communities across America have come to realize that success in the years ahead increasingly depends on the ability to acquire affordable access to fiber-rich communications networks. How will they get there? Who can help? Discuss these important topics and hear from keynote speaker Gary Bolles, Director of the Future of Work program at Singularity University.
Co-located with the Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference series. Learn more.
EVOLUTION OF A SMART CITY WITH SPECIAL GUEST SUSAN CRAWFORD
Nov, 1 2017
As the smart cities movement spreads across the U.S., Wilson, N.C. proves that businesses and citizens in major metropolitan cities are not the only beneficiaries of gigabit technology and the innovation it fosters.
No matter the size, architecting a smart city is a community effort requiring a shared vision and unwavering focus. This WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange convenes city, industry, and academic leaders in the heart of downtown Wilson to share strategies and ideas powering North Carolina cities like Wilson in their journey to become even smarter and more connected.
Discussion on NC H.B. 310 (the “Wireless Act”) and its impact on local control over poles and rights-of-way, regional fiber network collaboration, and an educational campaign for North Carolina’s fiber future.
North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office provides overview of newly-releasedConnecting North Carolina, the state’s broadband strategic plan, and pathways to building municipal disaster recovery networks discussed.