How You Can Help Wake Forest to Get the Fastest Internet Available Almost Anywhere

For those of use who depend on the internet on a daily business the thought of having the fastest internet in the land is like an unbelievable dream. (See new article on this also, click here.)

Many of us have heard the accomplishments achieved in Kansas City when gigabit fast internet came to town. Demand for properties in the areas served, exploded. People moved specifically to those areas just because their internet speeds were 200 times faster.

Just look at the difference in download speeds between a fast gigabit internet connection and a 5 MB connection to download the same file. By the time the gigabit fiber connection has finished the 5 MB connection has just started.

Time to download 1,000 photos.
Time to download 1,000 photos.

If you would like to see super fast internet come to the Wake Forest area then express your interest. Click here to register. The more registrations we can get the faster this will happen. And while you are at it, share the link to this article on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Spread the word.

Back in the day a dialup modem might have been good enough to check your email but today with so much of both our business and personal lives dependent on the speed of digital communication, a faster internet means more productivity.

And for those that don’t give a damn about the speed of business let me put it into terms you can relate to, your porn will be really fast to download.

Fingers crossed, this lighting fast internet might just come to Wake Forest in the near future thanks to the help and assistance of a number of parties in town. But a major hat tip has to go to Dan Holt and his Wake Forest Fiber initiative.

Holt has been a driving force behind bring digital productivity to Wake Forest. He’s pushed the project when nobody cared. But people do care now and we are blessed the project has become very close to a reality.

Our local available internet providers, Time Warner/Comcast and CenturyLink either have no interest in ramping up internet speeds or just don’t care.

Google Fiber was responsible for installing gigabit fast fiber in areas like Kansas City, Austin and Provo. In those areas Google Fiber is charging $70 per month for 1,000 MB per second of upload and download speed. In our area Time Warner charges about $65 a month for internet speeds of up a hopeful 50 MB per second download and 5 MB per second upload. It’s pathetic in comparison.

There is no word yet on what the cost of this groundbreaking internet will cost in Wake Forest but just based on the feedback on our Facebook page, people are ready to open their wallets.

Geeks like me get giddy with the thought of the countries fastest internet available to my house. The benefit to me both personally and professionally would be huge.

It’s almost a modern adage that a successful person today can’t have too much hair on their head, RAM in their computer, or speed to their internet. And when I look at that as a bald guy on Time Warner I get very depressed.

If you would like to see super fast internet come to the Wake Forest area then express your interest. Click here to register. The more registrations we can get the faster this will happen. And while you are at it, share the link to this article on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Spread the word.

Update from Wake Forest Fiber

Dan Holt gave me permission to share his recent article with you that shares the current activity and progress on the hopeful arrival of gigabit internet to Wake Forest and the surrounding areas if people are interested.

Wake Forest, NC to become Triangle’s first gigabit town? RST Fiber thinks so.

It’s not often that a small town leads in innovative, glass-cutting connectivity and technology, but soon Wake Forest may able to hold a candle next to cities like Kansas City, Austin, TX and Omaha, NE.

On Monday, and Tuesday, RST Fiber paid a visit to Wake Forest, and they came with a BANG.

Monday and Tuesday consisted of surveying by one of RST Geo’s mobile LIDAR vehicles (Lidar is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light) piloted by Seth Harrelson and Jon Owen. This vehicle allows RST to take a job that usually takes weeks or months, into a day or 2 by driving along our roads, while accurately (within +/-2 centimeters) mapping the terrain in real time and creating a database which can be imported into their fiber planning software upon returning to base.

Tuesday saw the arrival of CEO, Dan Limerick, and CTO Randy Revels, at a lengthy meeting with the Town of Wake Forest. The topic of discussion? “RST is serious about the possibility of expanding, and making Wake Forest, NC the first gigabit town in the Triangle“.

One of the things that makes our town appealing to RST…. Is that Wake Forest are taking their future into their own hands, not waiting for mediocre upgrades from current providers, we are a town that want’s access to a reliable high speed connection. We are a town that would actually know what to do with a gigabit, from the up and coming tech parks, to the amount of talented high tech employees in RTP who call Wake Forest home, “We are a town, who gets it”.

Speaking on the technology of their network, they will be focusing on 2 technologies here, Fiber Optic Internet to the Home (or FTTH), and a mesh gigabit wireless network spread out around town, installed on electrical poles, and street lights. Their goal is to serve WF en masse, and not cherry pick new neighborhoods. Speeds? They got you covered, 1,000mbps down/1,000mbps up… Their goal is to provide you the same experience uploading to the internet, as you would have downloading. Blu-ray quality movies can be downloaded in seconds… Uploading 1080p quality videos to YouTube? Seconds. Uploading large CAD files to the office? We got you covered. From Grandmothers to 1st graders, everyone will benefit from this service. In addition to the future-proofing technology that this will bring to residential, and business connections, the Town also have a vision for this next-gen of connectivity…

The Town of Wake Forest is a small, traditional town with the future in mind. “We won’t stand still while big cities get modern amenities”, our future is to become a “Smart Town”, Of note, and of rarity, Wake Forest are unique by having their own electric utility company (with lots of poles available for fiber), and we are the first municipality in the state of North Carolina to fully deploy AMI to our electrical meters using 2-way powerline carrier communication, we haven’t had to dispatch a technician to read a meter in over 8 years. We want to continue this wave of innovation later in the year by rolling out an upgrade to our AMI which, already multispeak compliant, will then be fully ZigBee compliant with our meters; hence, our software will be able to communicate with load management devices, fridges, HVAC systems, thermostats and any other ZigBee compliant devices throughout the home or business the customer desires. We are switching from two-way power line carrier communication to RF mesh-net technology. The data collectors will use fiber for backhaul.​ ZigBee and multispeak compliance along with gigabit connectivity will make us almost unique in North Carolina.

We are so excited to have RST in town, and cannot wait to proceed to the next level of discussions. – Source

If you would like to see super fast internet come to the Wake Forest area then express your interest. Click here to register. The more registrations we can get the faster this will happen. And while you are at it, share the link to this article on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Spread the word.

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