Orange County November 2020 Updates

PROJECT UPDATES Lloyd’s Dairy Barn on Hwy 70 in Efland has been completed. During the weekend of October 17 &18, The Barn hosted the Tarheel Antique Festival and was able to provide high speed Internet over public Wi-Fi to the vendors and guests . The Lloyd’s Dairy Barn will provide coverage to the southern area…

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Alexander County September 2020

New Towers, New Public WiFi, New Service Areas We have been busy in Alexander County and apologize for the long gap between newsletters. Since our last update in April, we have expanded our Alexander County service area. This newsletter will describe the expansion. Additional Topics in this Newsletter: Customer Satisfaction Survey Results Even Better Support…

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Orange County April 2020 Updates

A Message from Open Broadband concerning COVID-19 Staying connected even when apart COVID-19 has brought many changes to our communities, affecting the ways we live, work and interact. But throughout these changes, one thing has stayed constant: Our determination to serve you and your internet needs in a safe manner. Working in your community As one…

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Orange County March 2020 Updates

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr (right) visited one of Open Broadband’s WISP deployment stations in Cedar Grove Township. He is pictured with Orange County Chief Information Officer Jim Northrup and Open Broadband’s Kent Winrich and Alan Fitzpatrick. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Visits Orange County In February, Open Broadband and Orange County IT hosted a visit…

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Map of recent fixed-wireless instalaltions

Orange County November Updates

Customer Activations & Network Growth In October we continued to install customers in Cedar Grove near the Ruritan and Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. We also completed installs further North along Wilkerson Rd. The picture below shows some of the recent installation locations. November should be a busy month as we continue activations and look…

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Linney Tower and view of Taylorsville from the base

Alexander County October Updates

Linney Mountain Tower    Linney Mountain Tower will be our first Alexander County Point of Presence. This location was selected because of its height and central location. We are coordinating with the county and the tower team to get the broadband equipment installed on Linney Moutain Tower and anticipate that we will be able to start turning…

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Labor installing Cedar Grove Fire Department Tower

Orange County June Updates

Cedar Grove Fire Department Tower is Live The tower at Cedar Grove Fire Department (720 Hawkins Rd) is now live. We’re installing a handful of customers around this tower in June as we do network testing. Starting in July, we will be scheduling and installing more customers. If you’re getting this email, we have your…

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Workers fixing issue on the tower

Orange County May Updates

First Customer Live in Orange County Last week, Open Broadband turned up its first tower and installed its first customer in Orange County! This is an exciting milestone, but we still have lots of work to do. For the rest of the month we’ll be testing the tower, making needed adjustments and adding a limited…

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OpenBB Trucks in Seven Springs

Orange County April Updates

We’re Almost There! It’s April, which means our equipment is here and ready to go, with our tower climbers on standby. All we are waiting for is the final green light from the county which should be any day now. Once we get the go-ahead, tower climbers will install our antennas on the towers and…

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Open broadband Information session update flyer

Orange County March Updates

Information Session in Downtown Hillsborough Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm 300 W Tryon St, Hillsborough Whitted Human Resources Building, Room 230 Join us March 27th to learn more about Open Broadband’s high-speed internet service coming to Orange County soon. The projected Phase 1 service area will reach parts of the downtown Hillsborough area for residences…

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Tall Power Tower

Orange County February Update

Project Timeline We’ve been busy signing tower agreements, ordering fiber and equipment, and representativeing the wireless network. Currently we are on track to turn up our first customers in Phase 1 in April. FAQ: I’m not in Phase 1 or 2, when will I get service? If your address is located outside of Phase 1…

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people saluting the American Flag in Schley Hall 710

Orange County January Updates

Info Session at Schley Grange Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30pm | 3416 Schley Rd, Hillsborough Join us next week at Schley Grange Hall to learn more about Open Broadband’s high-speed internet service coming to Orange County in spring 2019. Everyone is welcome, bring your neighbors and your questions. Spread the word, share our facebook event. In…

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Man standing with open broadband banner and table full of devices and flyer

Orange County December Updates

Information Sessions Are Now Available Are you part of an organization with questions about the nuts and bolts of Open Broadband’s internet service? Curious about what exactly will be installed at your house? If so, let us know and we’d be happy to come speak with your group and answer any questions. Whether it’s an…

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Water tower close to the highway

Orange County November Updates

Broadband is coming to Orange County! Be sure to join the Orange County waitlist to get high-speed internet. We’ll be sending monthly newsletters to keep you updated on our progress. We’ve been working hard, in partnership with Orange County, to provide residents with affordable high-speed internet as quickly as possible, but we’re still a few…

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Town Hall -Snow Hill building

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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Water Tower antenna installation

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…

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Alan presenting to Alexander County Commissioners

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…

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Ribbon Cutting for Tech Works

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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Pilot Broadband Program In Wayne County

Open Broadband was selected by Wayne County NC to roll out high speed internet service.  The Goldsboro Daily News describes Open Broadband’s Pilot Program in the County in this article. The Goldsboro News-Argus elaborated on Open Broadband’s Wayne Co deployment as follows: “Seven Springs area residents could be able to sign up for WiFi broadband internet…

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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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