Greenlight: Fastest, cheapest Internet access in North Carolina

Submitted by acohill on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 07:34

The City of Wilson, North Carolina has a city-owned fiber network called Greenlight that is offering 20 megabit symmetrical Internet access for $54.95 a month. I think this qualifies as the fastest and cheapest services in North Carolina. If you tried to buy that level of service via DSL or cable, you would pay several times that, if you could even get it.

But wait, there's more! They have symmetric service tiers all the way up to 100 megabits. Very few people would need that much, but as I have noted previously, Design Nine continues to talk to businesses who want their home-based workers to have symmetric connections of 20-50 megabits, primarily to support HD videoconferencing. So the City of Wilson has something very few other communities can offer in terms of business relocation--the ability to work from home or to run a business from home, with very affordable, high performance connections.

WOW. How can we get that in

WOW. How can we get that in Va?

Southwest Dave

Some areas of Virginia are

Some areas of Virginia are already well on the way to that kind of service. The Wired Road (www.thewiredroad.net) covers Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax, and fiber services are available in 60 buildings in downtown Galax. The Wired Road has just begun a major network expansion that will bring Fiber To The Home (FTTH) to Grant, Virginia, all the business parks in the Twin Counties/Blue Ridge Crossroads region, and in all three major downtowns in the region (Hillsville, Galax, Independence).

nDanville (www.ndanville.net) has been providing high performance fiber services in Danville since 2007, and the the network has, in the past six months, helped bring more than 550 new high tech jobs to Danville, including a downtown data center that will put 400 new workers right in downtown Danville.

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