Posts tagged “Greenlight”
If you're in commercial real estate, you're in a good position to see the value of a municipal high speed broadband network. "It does nothing but help us from an economic development standpoint," says Will Corbett, a commercial real estate appraiser in Wilson, NC. "Its ability to attract industry is impressive. The fact that the average citizen benefits too is gravy."
After 16 years in Los Angeles, the founders of ExodusFX moved their video special effects business to the East Coast three years ago, finally choosing the Eastern NC City of Wilson because of its ultrafast municipal broadband network.
Soon, people in the Triangle will have access to ultra-fast broadband via Google and other providers. In Wilson, NC, they've had it for seven years.
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler dismissed criticism of taking action to override North Carolina law on municipal broadband networks: "As they say in North Carolina, that dog won't hunt." Thus, the City of Wilson gains the right to expand its fiber network. But the issue is far from settled. U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is already fighting back. Plus: "This issue is headed for the courts," says a technology think-tank executive.
The city of Wilson, which has operated its own high-speed Internet service for six years, plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission next month to overturn state laws that limit public broadband services.
At the WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange, service provider panelists made impactful announcements about the future of fiber in the Triangle. Not the least of these: Durham's getting fiber.
The City of Wilson's Greenlight broadband service plans to offer gigabit Internet service no later than July. Thus the city moves into the ranks of areas such as Kansas City, which is deploying the much publicized Google Fiber.
UPDATE: e-NC Authority seeks $7.5M from state to expand reach of high-speed Internet services. Group plans to target 26 counties where availability is less than 70 percent.
Works in ‘Wheel of Time’ series by ate author, who lived in Charleston, S.C. will be turned into videogames and films by Red Eagle Entertainment. Two former IBM execs lead California-based entertainment company.
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