...Work is set to begin next month on some 100 miles of new fiber optic lines in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties, said Hunter Goosmann, head of ERC Broadband, a nonprofit that oversees a regional Internet network based in Asheville. The additional fiber is financed through a grant from the federal stimulus program as well as money from Golden LEAF foundation. ...
Bringing broadband to remote coves and rural counties is critical to economic success, said Joe Fredesco, CEO of MCNC, the nonprofit that operates the state’s Internet pipeline serving universities, community colleges, libraries, public school districts and nonprofit hospitals statewide. ...Read the full article