Category Archives: North Carolina

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

 

 

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

Statewide payoff: NCREN network attracting more commercial Internet providers (WRAL Techwire) – July 30, 2013

“A fiber-optic network that will make high-speed commercial Internet widely available across North Carolina from one provider is one of numerous private sector efforts focused on taking the net to under-served areas and those with little or no access at all. These networks have one backbone piece in common – North Carolina’s Research and Education Network that stretches from the coast to the mountains after a $144 million expansion program.” (subscription required)

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/statewide-payoff-ncren-network-attracting-more-commercial-internet-providers/12720774/

RST Global Communications Announces Aggressive Expansion of High-Speed Services Across North Carolina (Yahoo News) – July 24, 2013

“Despite North Carolina’s reputation as a center of research and higher learning, many businesses and residents struggle with limited or non-existent Internet access. As RST Global Communications, LLC (RST) expands its service footprint statewide, those technology issues could soon be a thing of the past.”

Link: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/rst-global-communications-announces-aggressive-143900211.html