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Erica Anderson
Director of Economic and Community Development

WestNGN Broadband

WestNGN Broadband Request for Negotiation

Responses Due: November 10 by 5:00 pm


Notice is hereby given that on October 23, 2017, The WestNGN committee is extending the deadline for submissions in response to the Request for Negotiations (RFN) for: STRATEGIC ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP FOR NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND SERVICES 

This decision was made since none of the proposals met all of the criteria within the RFN. As a result, the deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Friday, November 10, 2017.  Extending the deadline will give the committee more opportunity to evaluate additional proposals and identify potentially innovative collaborations.

The Request for Negotiation deadlines will be updated on the website on Monday, October 23, 2017, and can be found here: WestNGN RFN Package

The documentation will remain unchanged and is still pertinent.  Please follow all requirements as outlined with the exception of the November 10, 2017 deadline.

Please submit responses in email form to Erica Anderson at erica@landofsky.org and copy Kyle Guie atkyle@landofsky.org by 5:00pm on November 10, 2017.

Additional information may be obtained at the offices of Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments located at 339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140, Asheville, NC 28806, or viewed, downloaded and/or printed at the following website: www.landofsky.org/westngnbroadband.html  

A companion document “West Next Generation Network:  Accelerating Opportunities” (WestNGN Vision)  provides a brief review of the vitality of the region and potential future markets for broadband.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact Erica Anderson at erica@landofsky.org for questions.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

West Next Generation Network (NGN) Broadband is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of broadband networks in Western North Carolina. WestNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.

WestNGN High-Gigabit Broadband Project
This effort is led by six municipalities and universities with support from Land of Sky Regional Council.

Need: Bandwidth and high-speed access are the technological equivalents of highways and electricity. Contemporary and cutting-edge knowledge-based businesses and industries need bandwidth, fiber, an educated workforce, and a great place to live. Lack of affordable broadband services threatens our region’s ability to remain competitive and maintain its reputation as home to multiple hubs of technological innovation. North Carolina should ensure our residents and businesses are able to enjoy the benefits of these advanced technologies so as to promote economic development, improve local government services including access for anchor institutions, remote healthcare and reduce the digital divide.

The Land of Sky region has a strong entrepreneurical foundation, excellent quality of life, and growing technology sectors.

WestNGN is working toward continued focus on high-speed gigabit, middle-mile and last-mile fiber. This multi-pronged approah is necessary to bridge the digital divide common to our rural areas and ensure continued economic development opportunities.

Information on the NGN Project provided by North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) ncengine.net

WestNGN Timeline

WestNGN Municiplaities

Collaborative Partnerships

Related Links

Next Generation Network (NGN) project in Raleigh area

Triangle RFP and FAQs

Greensboro NGN (TriGig) effort

Next-Generation Applications

US Ignite: We foster the development of next- generation applications. Through our work, we help developers, communities, individuals, and partners bring gigabit applications to life.

NIST and US Ignite 2016 Global Cities Teams Challenge: An initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. Hosted by the National Institute of Science and Technology and US-Ignite .

Other Resources

Fiber to the Home Council: The FTTH Council’s mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life.

Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.