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…

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Free wireless broadband coming to downtown Belmont; expansion across Gaston County

Open Broadband held a ribbon cutting party announcing service deployment in Belmont NC. Service includes a free public Wi-Fi zone in downtown Belmont. The Gaston Gazette  wrote about the launch event: Open Broadband, a private North Carolina-based wireless internet provider, plans to have its unique high-speed service up and running in January 2018. Essentially, the…

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NC Startup Open Broadband Disrupting Internet Service Business

Open Broadband is disrupting the internet service provider industry in North Carolina. WRALTechWire recently featured Open Broadband and highlighted a few of the initial ISP deployments. “The City of Belmont partnered with Open Broadband to provide a high-speed free public Wi-Fi service for Downtown,” says Adrian Miller, City Manager, City of Belmont. This coverage will…

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Open Broadband Brings Broadband Internet to Under-served Areas

Open Broadband was featured as a prominent startup in the Charlotte ecosystem by Start Charlotte. Their article highlighted the innovative nature of how we bring ultra high-speed internet to underserved markets: “This makes Open Broadband a hybrid fiber and wireless internet service provider. Which is unique in comparison to smaller wireless internet service providers (WISPs)…

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The Business Incubator Movement in Rural North Carolina

The following is a guest post by Christa Wagner Vinson and Deborah Watts Christa Wagner Vinson is an economic developer and Principal at Wagner Vinson Consulting.  Deborah Watts is a Partner with Broadband Catalysts, a technology policy consultancy.  Previously, she was Owner and Principal Partner of the Technology Development Group. Co-working spaces, business incubators, technology and innovation centers,…

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