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High Speed Cable/DSL Internet access in the state

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PDF File from the e-NC report

More from the article

Map that classifies URBAN and RURAL

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The counties who are playing catch up right now (0-49.9% access)

Madison

Warren

Gates

Greene

Jones

(50%-69.9% access)

Columbus

Pender

Duplin

Martin

Pamlico

Tyrell

Montgomery

Chatham (thats west of Wake County!)

Franklin (thats north of Wake County!)

Vance

Caswell

Person

Stokes

Alexander

Caldwell

Burke

McDowell

Rutherford

Macon

Graham

Cherokee

(70% - 100% coverage are the remaining counties that were not listed)

The biggest improvements from red to green status from 2002 to 2005 were:

- The NC/SC border belt counties between Anson and Columbus

- far western mountain counties west of Asheville

- far eastern coastal plain counties east of US 17

- most central counties did some improvement from yellow to green status

MORE RANKINGS

- North Carolina was ranked 11th nationwide for providing internet access

- The USA is ranked 16th in the world

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Its nice to see many rural counties are provided with internet access and how much improvement has been made in the last few years. Go fiber optics! :thumbsup:

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They just got DSL at my parent's house, which is in the sticks, so if they've got it there you can tell they're making big gains :lol:

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Yea, my parents got DSL a few years back for my father's job. I'd hardly call what they had "high-speed" but that was in the early days when anything over 56k was a big deal. I heart Road Runner.

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My family first got high-speed internet in 2002 with Bellsouth DSL. But we got mad at them in 2004 and since then, we've been using Road Runner cable. It's awesome.

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We had cable internet since 1999.. one of the first people to get it when it came out in Charlotte. Switched to DSL in 2004 after many problems w/ RR.

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We had Road Runner since 1999.. one of the first people to get it when it came out in Charlotte. Switched to Alltel DSL in 2004 after many problems w/ RR.

RR has since fixed many of the bugs and increased their dl speed to 7Mbps. My parents still have issues with their DSL, but Wachovia pays for it for them, so they don't care.

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Working with customers to set up VPN networks to my company, I can attest that even rural areas are getting on the high speed bandwagon. When we started this about 3 years ago, there were still many rural areas/small towns that had no high speed internet options. Now, we can often find at least 2 options per customer. This isn't limited to just NC though, it's happening everywhere as internet users are demanding this of their utility providers.

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