Rural North Carolina County Headed for Broadband Internet

High-speed Internet is on its way to underserved rural areas of southern Nash County, N.C., according to the tech company contracted to provide broadband service, and so far 400 residents have registered their interest.

by Lindell J. Kay, The Wilson Daily Times / January 23, 2020
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(TNS) — High-speed Internet is on its way to underserved rural areas of southern Nash County, N.C., according to the tech company contracted to provide broadband service.

So far 400 residents have filled out surveys saying they’re interested. County staff is working to create a list of government buildings, health care facilities, schools and farms that need broadband.

“We want to say yes to people instead of saying no,” said Chris Utesch, business developer for CloudWyze.

What began as an information technology management firm for client businesses in Wilmington has expanded into Nash County with broadband access. The state took notice and established a grant to cover more areas, including Halifax County.

“The Internet doesn’t recognize county lines,” Utesch told Nash County officials during a meeting last week to provide an update and gather insights on where expansion will do the most good within the county.

CloudWyze has been working with Nash County to provide countywide Internet connectivity to unserved and underserved residents.

The initial trial run is complete and CloudWyze is now expanding to include the Bailey, Spring Hope and Momeyer areas. The company hopes to begin offering service in the Bailey area by June.

CloudWyze is building a tower network so users experience no disruption in service, Utesch said, adding that the goal is 100% coverage in rural Nash County.

“CloudWyze desires to collaborate with county stakeholders to ensure the Internet network reaches places it is needed most,” said company spokeswoman Ann Revell-Pechar. “This includes those who are involved in education, economic development, health care, emergency services, information technology and any others who will be impacted by broadband expansion.”

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