Category Archives: NC-NGN

Broadband networks already in construction, planning for Triangle – February 20, 2014

The push for stronger fiber networks is happening already in the Triangle.

In Holly Springs, a crew is boring a small tunnel for a new town-funded fiber-optic network. Across the region, municipalities and universities are laying the groundwork for a regional high-speed network.

While these efforts haven’t brought new competition to the area’s high-speed Internet market, these government-backed efforts show that any new Internet provider likely will find friendly hosts in North Carolina.

The N.C. Next Generation Network is an alliance of municipalities and schools that includes Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Winston Salem, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and Wake Forest University.

The group is jointly negotiating with eight private companies that are interested in bringing high-speed network service to the area. Together, the members are offering access to their existing cables, conduits and data centers, which could become part of a new cable network.

One of the interested companies is Time Warner Cable, but the rest will remain anonymous until negotiations are finished, said Bill Stice, technology director for Cary and vice chairman of the NCNGN steering committee.

Beyond an offering of assets, the effort is an invitation to companies. The process is meant to show the players’ willingness to work with each other and with potential service providers, and to examine the needs of potential contractors.

“By kind of cooperating and engaging in this effort, it is a more efficient process for all involved,” said Elise Kohn, program director for NCNGN.

Link: http://www.southwestwakenews.com/2014/02/20/3638943/broadband-networks-already-in.html

City wants ultrafast internet, Google or not – February 21, 2014

Winston-Salem and the Triad were not among nine areas named recently by Google as candidates for its next wave of ultrafast fiber-optic Internet service, but local officials are pushing to bring a similar service here.

The city sees the ultra-fast capabilities as something that can set it apart from the competition.

“What we are increasingly seeing is that cities know that this is something that can separate us from other places even in the area of economic development,” said Ed McNeal, the director of marketing and communications for Winston-Salem. “It puts you on the forefront of recruiting businesses.”

The fiber-optic connection can make downloading 100 times faster than broadband connections available now. Instead of using up to an hour to download a movie, someone with the new ultrafast connection could do that in less than a minute.

Link: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/city-wants-ultrafast-internet-google-or-not/article_96d49c7c-9b5f-11e3-9cbb-0017a43b2370.html

Why the Town of Cary isn’t waiting for Google Fiber – February 21, 2013

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you missed the announcement by Google(Nasdaq: GOOG) that it’s considering the Triangle for Google Fiber – a technology that provides ultra-high internet speeds and could mean cheaper, faster internet for everyone.

The Town of Cary, however, just released a response saying that although it’s “very excited about Google’s announcement,” it remains committed to another fiber project– the North Carolina Next Generation Network.

The town first committed to NCNGN when Google rejected Cary’s bid for Google Fiber in 2010. In the letter, penned by MayorHarold Weinbrecht, Cary wants “to make it clear” that the town is still committed to NCNGN, part of the nationwide Gig U project aimed at installing fiber networks across the United States.

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2014/02/cary-reacts-to-google-fiber-announcement.html

Something’s happening here – and it’s clear: Startup boom time – February 25, 2014

It’s well known among area entrepreneurs that something big is happening in the Triangle. And increasingly, people outside of startup circles understand, perhaps more vaguely, that good things are brewing.

Two recent developments underlined the potential and excitement — one of them being the proverbial ‘front page news’ and both of them tied to an essential ingredient of entrepreneurial success: connectivity.

Last week, Google announced it will engage with seven Triangle metros, including Durham and Raleigh, to see whether it can bring Fiber here. The service delivers internet connectivity at a fantastically fast rate. High-speed fiber is exciting and important not just for tech start-ups, but for anyone with an idea and a need to connect to the rest of the world to see it through.

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/adam-klein-/13425299/

Broadband networks already in construction, planning for Triangle – February 20, 2014

The push for stronger fiber networks is happening already in the Triangle.

In Holly Springs, a crew is boring a small tunnel for a new town-funded fiber-optic network. Across the region, municipalities and universities are laying the groundwork for a regional high-speed network.

While these efforts haven’t brought new competition to the area’s high-speed Internet market, these government-backed efforts show that any new Internet provider likely will find friendly hosts in North Carolina.

The N.C. Next Generation Network is an alliance of municipalities and schools that includes Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Winston Salem, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and Wake Forest University.

The group is jointly negotiating with eight private companies that are interested in bringing high-speed network service to the area. Together, the members are offering access to their existing cables, conduits and data centers, which could become part of a new cable network.

Link: http://www.southwestwakenews.com/2014/02/20/3638943/broadband-networks-already-in.html

Google considering Triangle sites for high-speed network – February 19, 2014

Google Inc. announced Wednesday that seven cities in the Triangle, including Durham and Chapel Hill, are in the running for a possible new fiber-optic network that would mean Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband speeds.

The company invited 34 communities in nine metro areas in the United States to jointly explore “what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network,” according to information posted on the website https://fiber.google.com/newcities/.

Link: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x147183578/Google-considering-Triangle-sites-for-high-speed-network

 

 

NCNGN Recognized by NATOA as 2013 Community Broadband Project of the Year – September 6, 2013

The North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) network has been awarded the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 2013 Community Broadband Project of the Year. The honor is awarded annually to innovative projects that “champion local interests and needs in broadband and technology.”

“On behalf of the 6 municipalities and 4 universities involved in this effort, we are honored by this recognition from NATOA,” said Bill Stice, Vice-Chair of the NCNGN Steering Committee and Technology Services Director for the Town of Cary. “Our communities have a long tradition of collaborating across jurisdictional boundaries to serve the greater good, and I believe that cooperative spirit will help us address obstacles that we may face as our process continues and we try to improve the broadband services available to our citizens.”

Read more.

NC’s Next Generation Network project targets fall 2014 for rollout (WRAL TechWire) – August 28, 2013

By RICK SMITH, WRALTechWire Editor

DURHAM, N.C. — Elise Kohn, the recently hired senior adviser and program director for North Carolina’s Next Generation Network project, has a huge job on her hands: Helping bring ultra-fast network access to the Triangle and Triad.

But to say she is excited rather than daunted by the task ahead would be quite accurate. Based in Durham, she is working with NC NGN representatives from university representatives at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Wake Forest, the Triangle J Council of Governments and the cities as well as towns that are participating in the project aiming to bring a Google Fiber-like project to North Carolina.

Read full article.

 

Next-Gen Network progressing, but slowly (Triad Business Journal) – August 21, 2013

“Several North Carolina cities and universities including Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University are making progress on an effort to bring ultra-high-speed broadband to their communities, but the work is coming along more slowly than originally hoped.”

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2013/08/next-gen-network-progressing-but-slowly.html

Responses for Next Generation Network surprise, please Triangle backers (WRAL Techwire) – April 5, 2013

Article on submissions to RFP that were due April 1. “The review of responses has just begun, but the backers seeking to create a Google Fiber-like high-speed network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad are certainly pleased with what they have seen so far.”

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/responses-for-next-generation-network-surprise-please-triangle-backers/12309078/