Update for Wayne County Commissioners August 2018

We updated the Wayne County commissioners this week on the status of our network build in the county. 10 vertical assets have been secured, fiber has been delivered to two areas in the county, and fixed-wireless service has been installed for residential, farm, and small business applications in the southern part of the county. Grantham,…

Greene County prepares for Broadband

Greene County NC is conducting a community survey on broadband needs. The Reflector in Greenville wrote an article about Greene County’s plans here. Excerpt: “Greene County is circulating a survey as part of its broadband initiative to determine internet/broadband access of all residents. “The primary goal is to identify underserved areas and work to attract internet…

How Public Wi-Fi Zones Improve Communities

Wi-Fi has become a critical resource in our communities. It is generally free for the user, low-cost to implement and support, offers strong coverage over a defined area, and is easy to access on any device by clicking on the SSID in the dropdown list. Other benefits include improving productivity (work from anywhere), access to…

Broadband Progress in Wayne County

Open Broadband made a presentation to the Wayne County NC Commissioners 3/20/18 on the progress of rolling out our high-speed symmetrical internet service in the county. The Goldsboro News-Argus wrote a story about it here. Service is now live in Mount Olive, NC, and is coming soon to Seven Springs and Grantham. We also announced…

Public-Private Partnerships for Better Broadband

The need for fast, reliable broadband is stronger than ever before. Counties and towns across North Carolina are taking action to improve broadband for constituents, increasingly through a Public-Private Partnership model. This article describes why the need for broadband has become such a paramount issue, how a Public-Private Partnership model can work, and examples of…

Launch of Free Public Wi-Fi Zone in Belmont NC

We are pleased to report that our free public Wi-Fi Zone is now available in downtown Belmont NC! Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller said, “Visitors to downtown can access mobile content without using their own data plans, so they can review menus or the latest specials that our restaurants and shops are offering.” To log…

Broadband Feasibility in Alexander County NC

The following article was originally posted here in the Taylorsville Times. Broadband Internet service is becoming more and more of an essential component in citizens’ everyday lives and the daily operation of businesses. To help determine how Internet service can be improved in Alexander County, the county took bids for a Broadband Feasibility Study, and…

Sequel Podcast with Open Broadband Founder

Open Broadband CEO and co-founder Alan Fitzpatrick was featured on a sequel podcast last week. You can listen to it here. Alan talks about: What do you look for in terms of customers before you commit to going into an area. The best entrepreneurs aren’t extraordinary risk takers What has been the most challenging aspect…