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What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet – September 2017

 

 




QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER                                                                SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Fiber Optic 1-2-3 Training Course

PANGAEA Internet offered a $750 scholarship to attend a 4-day Fiber Optic 1-2-3 training course in July. After completing the class, scholarship recipient Tristan Morse had this to say, “This course increased my skills by providing solid, textual knowledge on procedures, codes, and special terms. Not only that, the hands-on work reinforced what I learned from the written course work. With this, I can say that I have gained a solid education with Fiber Optics maintenance.”

Pictured: Scholarship recipient
Tristan Morse with Carolyn
Whitehead of PANGAEA Internet

Another Successful Network Upgrade!
We recently completed a network upgrade that doubled our supply of internet bandwidth to meet the demand of our fast-growing family of customers. Pictured below is PANGAEA’s Network Engineer, Ken Griffin (left) and our Operations Director, Stu Davidson.

Wi-Fi usage has far exceeded expectations. The original target was 18,000 annual users. Since the project inception in 2015, more than 500,000 users have accessed the networks.

PANGAEA Wi-Fi is available in many downtown areas of Polk & Rutherford counties including Harmon Field and Lake Lure Beach.

Testimonial Winner
Congratulations to Michaila Cowles of Huckleberry’s Restaurant who received at $200 Invoice Credit! 

See what Michaila and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.

Tell us how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization to be entered into our quarterly drawing to receive a $200 invoice credit.

Click HERE to Submit your Testimonial from our website
or
Review us on Google (click the image below).

2017 New Customers
  • Bostic
    • D. Brandon Henderson
    • Drop in Family Market
  • Columbus
    • Kangaroo Products Company
    • Ray Gasperson Construction
    • Southern Manners
  • Forest City
    • Team CFA Foundation, Inc.
    • All Store Center
    • Lifestyle Wellness & Spa
    • Blue Prism Internet – Forest City Mall Area
    • Wolf & Oxley, PLLC
  • Lake Lure
    • Scoop
  • Mill Spring
    • Mill Spring Fire Department
    • TIEC – Steeplechase
    • Softplay Solutions USA, LLC
  • Mooresboro
    • Piedmont Utility Group, LLC
    • Latex Construction Company
    • Cozy Fleece
  • Rutherfordton
    • Carpenter Design, Inc.
    • KidSenses Children’s Museum
    • McConnell Group Public Relations
    • Little Cubbard, Inc.
    • Rutherford Regional
      • Rutherford East
      • Rutherford Children’s Care
      • One Source Rehabilitation
      • Forest City Family Care
    • Small Town Coffee Roasters
    • Blue Prism Internet – Cleghorn
    • Preferred Choice Healthcare
    • Tim Turner
    • Isaac Aaron Media
  • Spindale
    • White Oak Carpet
    • Spindale Family Practice
    • Adullam Christian Ministries
  • Tryon
    • Greenlife Inn at Mimosa
    • Tryon Cinema, LLC
    • Green Creek Fire Department


Refer a Customer

PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (Network Map).

If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200.  Click here to submit your referral.

DID YOU KNOW?

Fiber cables are a green technology.
We can all do our part and fiber optic cables are no different.  The amount of energy it takes to send a flash of light across a fiber optic cable is significantly less than that required to send electrical signals (copper cables). Less energy means less carbon output, lower emissions and greener operations.

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What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet – May 2017




SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 5, 2017

PANGAEA Internet is offering scholarships to Polk and Rutherford county residents to attend Fiber Optic Splicing training to be held July 18 – 21, 2017 in Spartanburg, SC.

Visit http://www.pangaea.us/pangaea-scholarship-program-and-application/ to learn more and submit your application.

PANGAEA Internet quickly installed a 1GB connection last month for the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s (TIEC) new steeplechase location, which  hosted the 71st annual steeplechase event. The new Columbus, NC location drew over 9,000 spectators. In addition to TIEC’s main location, PANGAEA Internet now serves four of their nearby locations including the Steeplechase.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PANGAEA Internet qualifies for donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation of 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

If you would like to participate, please use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0156436  to go to smile.amazon.com in support of our organization “E-Polk, Inc. dba PANGAEA Internet”.

“Amazon will not share individual customer information with charitable organizations even if you select to support them through your shopping on AmazonSmile. Please see the Amazon.com Privacy Notice for more information.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carolyn at carolyn@e-polk.org or 828-859-3072.

2017 New Customers
Greenlife Inn at Mimosa (Tryon)
D. Brandon Henderson (Bostic)
Kangaroo Products Company (Columbus)
Mill Spring Fire Department (Mill Spring)
Team CFA Foundation, Inc. (Forest City)
All Store Center (Forest City)
Tryon Cinema, LLC (Tryon)
Piedmont Utility Group, LLC (Mooresboro)
Carpenter Design, Inc. (Rutherfordton)
KidSenses Children’s Museum (Rutherfordton)
Latex Construction Company (Mooresboro)
Lifestyle Wellness & Spa (Forest City)
McConnell Group Public Relations (Rutherfordton)
Blue Prism Internet (Forest City)
Drop In Family Market (Bostic)
Lionheart Gaming Co. (Rutherfordton)
Little Cubbard, Inc. (Rutherfordton)
Small Town Coffee Roasters (Rutherfordton)

Testimonial Winners

Congratulations to
Scott Warren of CooperRiis
who received a
$200 Invoice Credit!

See what Scott and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.

Submit a TestimonialTake a few minutes and tell us how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization. Every quarter, all customers who have submitted testimonials will be entered into a drawing to receive a $200 invoice credit. (Click here to participate.)

 

DID YOU KNOW
THE MEANING OF PANGAEA?
PANGAEA [pan-jee-uh] is a Greek word meaning the “whole earth” and reflects our belief in the power of the internet to connect our communities with the world – and we’ve only just begun!

 

Refer a Customer
PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (Network Map).  If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200.
(Click here to submit your referral.)

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Jeff Byrd
Steve Garrison
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

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What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet – February 2017

 










Click to read about PANGAEA Internet’s mission, community impact, partnerships, and customers.

2016 Community Impact Report

PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi is available in the downtown areas of Chimney Rock Village, Columbus, Lake Lure, Saluda, Tryon and also Harmon Field.

PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi has served over 355,000 users

Board & Staff Appreciation Dinner

PANGAEA Internet’s board and staff enjoyed an evening to celebrate the many milestones reached over the past 14 years.
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Testimonial Winners

Congratulations to
Lonnie Rabor of
Gospel Express Ministries
and
Dana Conner of
Conner Computer Consultants
They each received a
$200 Invoice Credit

See what Lonnie, Dana and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.

Submit a Testimonial

Take a few minutes and tell us how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization.  Every quarter, all customers who have submitted testimonials will be entered into a drawing to receive a $200 invoice credit. (Click here to participate.)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Each fiber optic strand is 1/7 the diameter of a human hair and capable of transmitting 250 million phone conversations per second.

 

Refer a Customer
PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (Network Map).  If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200.
(Click here to submit your referral.)

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Jeff Byrd
Steve Garrison
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

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Public Wi-Fi Shatters Expectations

 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PANGAEA Internet Public Wi-Fi Project
Shatters Expectations

TRYON, NC / November 8, 2016 The recently completed PANGAEA Internet Public Wi-Fi deployment has far exceeded expectations in both coverage and usage. The systems, which provide free public Wi-Fi internet service via 57 access points in Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Saluda, Columbus, and Tryon, served nearly ten times the projected number of users in 2016.

The PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi project exceeded expectations in two ways.

First, PANGAEA built a prototype system in Tryon before applying for and receiving a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Efficiencies developed during the prototype phase enabled PANGAEA to design and build the original three systems under budget. Therefore an additional two markets were added to the project. Total project costs were about $60,000 and the Towns and PANGAEA contributed grant matching funds.

Second, Wi-Fi usage has far exceeded expectations. The original target was 50 daily users or 18,000 annual users. Since January 1, 2016, PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi has served 144,000 users. Since the project inception in 2015, 268,000 users have accessed the networks.

According to PANGAEA Internet Operations Director Stu Davidson, developing strong relationships within each community was essential to the success of the project. “Partnering with the schools, business owners, and municipal and county governments was extremely important,” said Davidson. “These relationships allowed PANGAEA to deploy access points at locations that would maximize signal coverage as well as promote the service.”

PANGAEA’s nonprofit structure results in low-cost, ongoing management and maintenance of the network. “As part of our commitment to community service, PANGAEA will absorb the ongoing operating costs of the Wi-Fi networks,” according to Ron Walters, PANGAEA Internet Executive Director. “It will make the region more competitive by enhancing the economic development for our businesses, the quality of life for our citizens and the area’s perception and experience for visitors.”


PANGAEA Internet (pan-GEE-ah) is a non-profit provider of “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service. Our network currently serves customers at more than 200 locations across Polk and Rutherford Counties, including public school districts, city and county governments, health care facilities, and local businesses. Visit us online at www.pangaea.us, or contact Executive Director Ron Walters at 828-859-3072.

 

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PANGAEA Internet Service
= zero downtime during eight hour power outage

PANGAEA’s main equipment rooms are protected by generators. Therefore, we are pleased to report that our
customers experienced zero downtime during last week’s power outage that affected downtown
Rutherfordton.

2016 Scholarship Recipients
Fiber Optic 1-2-3 Training CoursePANGAEA Internet offered two $750 scholarships to attend a 4-day Fiber Optic 1-2-3 training course in July. Scholarship recipient Ryan Gordon had this to say, “Having completed the course, I now have a through understanding of the concepts and theories that lay the foundation for fiber-optics, in addition to the practical knowledge needed for installation.”

Scholarship recipients Ryan Gordon (left) and Jared Monath (right) with Ron Walters, PANGAEA Internet’s Executive Director.

We appreciate all of our customers, especially those we have served for 10+ years:

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
Gaming Tickets, Inc.
Isothermal Community College
Main Street Insurance Group
Polk County Government
Polk County Public Library
Polk County Public Schools
Town of Tryon
Tryon Daily Bulletin

Preparing to install one of our many new customers!

3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Night
Thank you to all that attended our event.
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2016 New Customers

Avery Creek Nursery (Columbus)
Blue Ridge Community Health Services (Columbus)
Carolina Plumbing (Rutherfordton)
Midway Baptist Church (Columbus)
Chuck Taylor, CPA (Tryon)
Easley Appellate Practice PLLC (Tryon)
McCurry Deck Motors, Inc. (Forest City)
B4WorldView (Columbus)
Breakthrough Chiropractic Clinic (Spindale)
Foothills Animal Clinic (Forest City)
Sustainable Impact, LLC (Tryon)
The MVP Service, LLC (Lake Lure)
LNS & Associates, LLC (Forest City)
Ruff’ton Brewhouse (Rutherfordton)
Gargiulo, Inc. (Tryon)
Grindstaff’s Interiors (Forest City)
Harris Custom Cabinetry (Forest City)
1986 Sandy Plains Road, LLC (Tryon)
Camp Lurecrest Ministries, Inc. (Lake Lure)
Cozy Fleece (Forest City)
Lake Lure Coffee (Lake Lure)
Vista NC Management, Inc. (Lake Lure)
Carolina Properties (Lake Lure)
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce (Rutherfordton)
Tryon International Equestrian Center (Mill Spring)
Victorum, Inc. (Rutherfordton)
Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center (Rutherfordton)

 

PANGAEA Wi-Fi is available in the downtown areas of Chimney Rock Village, Lake Lure, Saluda & Tryon. Coming in September to Harmon Field and Columbus.

Testimonial Winner
Congratulations to
Kathy Toomey of New View Realty
Kathy received a
$200 Invoice Credit


See what Kathy and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.

PANGAEA Customer Benefits

Submit a Testimonial
Take a few minutes and tell us how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization. Every quarter, all customers who have submitted testimonials will be entered into a drawing to receive a $200 invoice credit. (Click here to participate.)

 

Refer a Customer
PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (Network Map). If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will provide the referring person with a $75 Amazon gift card! (Click here to submit your referral.)

 

Internet Speed Test
(Click HERE)

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Jeff Byrd
Steve Garrison
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

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PANGAEA Internet has partnered with the towns to provide public Wi-Fi for casual and temporary use – not to replace existing residential or business internet service.

PANGAEA Wi-Fi is available in the downtown areas of Chimney Rock Village, Lake Lure, Saluda & Tryon. Coming this summer to Harmon Field and Columbus.

Look for “PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi” under the Wi-Fi settings of your phone, tablet or laptop.

Click here to read our informational card.

New Customer Referral Program



PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (see our Network Map). If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will provide the referring person with a $75 Amazon gift card!!! Click here to submit your referral.

 

Click HERE to test your internet speed.

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Jeff Byrd
Steve Garrison
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

The “VAN-GAEA” has arrived . . .

If you spot the “VAN-GAEA” in your area, text a photo to staff@e-polk.org and we will send you a colorful PANGAEA T-Shirt!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

APPLICATION DEADLINE – JUNE 6, 2016

PANGAEA Internet is offering scholarships to Polk and Rutherford county residents to attend Fiber Optic Splicing training to be held July 19 – 22, 2016 in Spartanburg, SC.

Visit http://www.pangaea.us/pangaea-scholarship-program-and-application/ to learn more and submit your application.

Testimonial Winner

Congratulations to
Tom Roberson of City Computer
Tom received a
$200 Invoice Credit

See what Tom and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.
If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback. Just click this link and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization. The drawing is conducted quarterly.


2016 New Customers

Jay’s Lawn Service (Avery Creek Nursery) (Columbus)
Blue Ridge Community Health Services (Columbus)
Carolina Plumbing (Rutherfordton)
Midway Baptist Church (Columbus)
Chuck Taylor, CPA (Tryon)
Easley Appellate Practice PLLC (Tryon)
McCurry Deck Motors, Inc. (Forest City)
Sustainable Impact, LLC (Tryon)
B4WorldView (Columbus)
Breakthrough Chiropractic Clinic, PA (Spindale)
Foothills Animal Clinic (Forest City)
The MVP Service, LLC (Lake Lure)

LNS & Associates, LLC
(Forest City)
Ruff’ton Brewhouse (Rutherfordton)
Gargiulo, Inc. (Tryon)
Grindstaff’s Interiors (Forest City)
Harris Custom Cabinetry (Forest City)

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PANGAEA Internet Public Wi-Fi Network Expanding

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PANGAEA Internet Public Wi-Fi Network Expanding

TRYON, NC / April 13, 2016 As part of its continuing commitment to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life in our community, PANGAEA Internet (PANGAEA), the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, is preparing to expand its efforts to deliver Public Wi-Fi in the PANGAEA service area.

After a successful pilot project in downtown Tryon last year, a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) enabled PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi to expand to the downtown business districts of Chimney Rock Village, Lake Lure, and Saluda. This network expansion was completed on March 31st with such efficiency that grant funds remained, allowing PANGAEA to extend Public Wi-Fi to downtown Columbus and Tryon’s Harmon Field. Work on those projects will begin this summer.

“We are pleased to bring PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi to Tryon, Chimney Rock Village, Lake Lure, Saluda and soon to downtown Columbus and Harmon Field,” said Ron Walters, Executive Director of PANGAEA Internet. “By coming in under budget on the initial network, we are able to extend the network to these additional locations.” Walters pointed out that there is no charge to use PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi in any of the areas where it is available.

“I am amazed by the performance and high usage of this network,” said Stu Davidson, PANGAEA’s Operations Director. “By carefully planning our equipment placement to maximize signal strength and coverage, we are able to serve large numbers of users very efficiently.”

PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi is made possible by a partnership between ARC, the Towns, and PANGAEA to purchase and deploy the equipment necessary to build the network. PANGAEA provides the ongoing Wi-Fi service as part of its nonprofit community focus. Currently, PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi averages over 2,500 users per week. The network is prepared to support increased usage as warmer weather brings an increase in tourism to the region.

Residents and visitors to these communities can access the network by simply selecting “PANGAEA Public Wi-Fi” from the Wi-Fi settings of their phone, tablet, or laptop. After selecting “continue,” users will be transferred to the Towns’ web page.


PANGAEA Internet (pan-GEE-ah) is a non-profit provider of “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service. Our network currently serves customers at more than 150 locations across Polk and Rutherford Counties, including public school districts, city and county governments, health care facilities, and local businesses. Visit us online at www.pangaea.us, or contact Executive Director Ron Walters at 828-859-3072.

 

 

 

What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet (March 2016)

 



 

Read more about PANGAEA Internet’s community impact, Wi-Fi and network projects, board members and more in our 2015 Community Impact Report (click here).

Fiber Optics are “Green”
Fiber is good for the environment. The requirements to send an electrical signal over miles of wiring is typically dozens of times the amount of energy needed to send a brief flash of light over the same distance via fiber optical cabling. A lower energy requirement means a lower carbon footprint and lower price of operation, which can be enjoyed by network owners and their customers alike.
 

Click HERE to test your internet speed.

New Customer Referral Program



PANGAEA Internet will launch an exciting new customer referral program on April 1, 2016.

Program details are coming soon.

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Jeff Byrd
Steve Garrison
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

Congratulations
Breakthrough Chiropractic Clinic, PA
and
Foothills Animal Clinic!

Both are recent recipients of a PANGAEA Internet grant.
The grant funds assisted with installation costs for our “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about this program and submit an application on the Grant Application page of our website.

Testimonial Winners

Congratulations to our testimonial winners who received
a $200 Invoice Credit
Richard Hendricks of Tanner Companies, LLC
and
Keven Johnson of Wayne Wire Die Company

See what Richard, Keven and other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website.
If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback. Just click this link and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization. The drawing is conducted quarterly.


2016 New Customers

Jay’s Lawn Service (Avery Creek Nursery) (Columbus)
Blue Ridge Community Health Services (Columbus)
Carolina Plumbing (Rutherfordton)
Midway Baptist Church (Columbus)
Chuck Taylor, CPA (Tryon)
Easley Appellate Practice PLLC (Tryon)
McCurry Deck Motors, Inc. (Forest City)
Sustainable Impact, LLC (Tryon)
B4WorldView (Columbus)
Breakthrough Chiropractic Clinic, PA (Spindale)
Foothills Animal Clinic (Forest City)
The MVP Service, LLC (Lake Lure)

Aerial Fiber Installation

Installation of aerial fiber along Highway 108 in Columbus has been completed and PANGAEA can now serve additional business customers between Polk County High School and Dr. Lonnie Lassiter’s Office in Columbus, NC. Two new customers are already enjoying our fast and reliable service: Midway Baptist Church and Jay’s Lawn Service (Avery Creek Nursery).

PANGAEA Internet’s “Speed of Light” network
makes virtually unlimited speeds possible!
Please contact us for a quote.

 

Scholarship Produces Quick Results

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PANGAEA Internet Scholarship Produces Quick Results

TRYON, NC / March 3, 2016 – In December, 2015, PANGAEA Internet (PANGAEA), the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, awarded scholarships for two local individuals to receive training in fiber optic splicing at a four-day course in Spartanburg, SC. The training has already made it possible for one of the recipients, Mr. T. J. Byers of Forest City, to launch a new career. Mr. Byers was hired as a communications technician with Integrated Electrical Services.

“Taking this class taught me the basics and gave me a competitive advantage because I knew how to terminate, splice and test fiber,” said Mr. Byers. “I hope to advance my career and pursue leadership opportunities in the future.” Byers also said that the course provided him with a strong foundation of the skills required to properly design, install, and maintain a fiber optic network.

Dana Conner of Conner Computer Consultants, Inc. of Rutherfordton, also received a scholarship and commented, “I had never had any hands on experience with terminating or testing fiber. This course provided a good basis for understanding those techniques and how to troubleshoot issues with fiber connections.”

According to Ron Walters, Executive Director of PANGAEA, fiber optic splicing technicians are in short supply in rural areas such as Polk and Rutherford Counties. “This shortage impacts the ability of internet service providers, telephone companies and cable companies to install, maintain, and repair their fiber optic infrastructures,” said Walters. The scholarships provided by PANGAEA gave recipients the opportunity to complete the fiber optic splicing training course, as well as earn professional certification through the Electronics Technicians Association.

PANGAEA sought scholarship applicants who possessed strong technical backgrounds, a demonstrated desire to learn, motivation to succeed in a demanding but rewarding field, and a clearly defined goal of using their new skills for professional development. The average annual pay of a fiber optic splicing technician is $56,000 or $26/hour, according to Indeed.com. “Job training is a high priority in Polk and Rutherford Counties,” said Walters. “With the decline in our community’s traditional industries, acquiring the skills needed to enter well-paying technology-based careers is tremendously beneficial. Providing these scholarships is a natural part of PANGAEA’s mission, which serves to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life in our area.”

To learn more about PANGAEA’s non-profit mission to deliver affordable, reliable connectivity and services to our region, visit www.pangaea.us.

 


PANGAEA Internet (pan-GEE-ah) is a non-profit provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service. Our network consists of 240 miles of fiber optic lines and currently serves 130 customers across Polk and Rutherford Counties, including public school districts, city and county governments, health care facilities, and local businesses. Visit us online at www.pangaea.us, or contact Executive Director Ron Walters at 828-859-3072 or ronw@e-polk.org.
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Scholarship Opportunity – Fiber Optic Splicing


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Want the Potential to Earn Up to $86K/Year?

PANGAEA is a nonprofit internet service provider in Polk and Rutherford counties and is offering two scholarships to attend Fiber Optic Splicing training on December 14-17, 2015 in Spartanburg, SC.

APPLY BY NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Visit http://www.pangaea.us/pangaea-scholarship-program-and-application/ to learn more and submit your application.

Questions: Ron Walters
PANGAEA Executive Director
ronw@e-polk.org

This four-day class has been developed with 16 hours of classroom and 16 hours of hands-on skills labs to provide practical understanding and skills required to properly design, install, and maintain fiber optic networks.

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What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet (September 2015)

 



 

PANGAEA Internet Free Public Wi-Fi Improving Quality of Life

PANGAEA is successfully deploying free Wi-Fi in our local communities. Click here to read more about this exciting project.

When it comes to bandwidth, fiber is king. A single fiber is capable of transmitting 250 million phone conversations every second. One mile of fiber weighs about one quarter of a pound, whereas copper cable with the same information-carrying capacity would weigh 33 tons.
 

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Customer Referral Program



PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (see our Network Map). If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200!!! Click this link to fill out the form.

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer
Board DirectorsChris Braund
Jeff Byrd
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts
StaffRon Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

Installation Grant Awarded

First United Methodist Church of Forest City
is a recent recipient of a PANGAEA Internet grant.
The grant funds assisted with installation costs for our “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service.

Read more about this program and submit an application on the Grant Application page of our website.

Testimonial Winner

Congratulations to our third quarter winner of a
$200 Invoice Credit
John Hugill
Medical Records Retrieval
Mill Spring, NC

See what John and our other customers have to say on the Testimonial Page of our website. If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback. Just click this link and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization. The drawing is conducted quarterly.

2015 New Customers

Gilkey Lumber Company (Rutherfordton)
Washburn Law, PLLC (Columbus)
Carolina Computer Solutions (Columbus)
Pisgah Legal Services (Spindale)
Green River Acres, LLC (Lake Lure)
Huckleberry’s Restaurant (Tryon)
Hinkle’s Pet Hospital (Spindale)
Swiftwater Farm (Lake Lure)
Town of Rutherfordton (Rutherfordton)
K. Brothers Construction LLC (Lake Lure)
MP Internationale, Ltd. (Mill Spring)
RHI Legacy, Inc. (Rutherfordton)
Cielo Real Estate, Inc. (Tryon)
Forest City Associates (Forest City)
Organic Skin Care & Manicuring (Tryon)
First United Methodist Church (Forest City)
Colonial Manner Rest Home (Rutherfordton)
United Way of Rutherford County, Inc. (Forest City)

Rutherford Middle and High Schools
Upgraded to 10 Gig!

In 2007, PANGAEA constructed a 147 mile fiber optic network that connected all 22 Rutherford County school locations with the Cool Springs administration building in Forest City. Each connection had a transmission speed of one (1) GBPS (gigabit per second). We are proud to announce that every Rutherford County middle and high school has now been upgraded to ten (10) GBPS – a transmission speed once reserved for large urban areas.

PANGAEA’s “Speed of Light” network makes virtually unlimited speeds possible! Please contact us for an upgraded quote.

Introducing
Ken Griffin, Network Engineer


We are pleased to announce that Ken Griffin has joined the PANGAEA team! Ken has over 20 years of information technology support and management experience. As a network engineer he is responsible for all network equipment, including planning, design, installation, maintenance and repair. Ken was most recently an Information Technology Director and has held previous positions as a Computer Systems Administrator, a Wide Area Network Administrator, an Infrastructure Administrator and a Team Leader with various companies in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from UNC – Asheville and lives in Tryon with his wife and daughter.

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PANGAEA Internet Free Public Wi-Fi Improving Quality of Life

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TRYON, NC / August 21, 2015 – PANGAEA Internet (PANGAEA), the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, is a non-profit company that is focused on the community, not shareholders. As part of this commitment, PANGAEA is involved in several projects designed to enhance economic development, improve the quality of life, and create a broad platform of innovation enabling underserved areas.

Among these projects are multiple efforts to deliver free public Wi-Fi in the PANGAEA service area. After a successful pilot project brought free Wi-Fi to downtown Tryon, a recent grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission has expanded the project to the downtown business districts of Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and Saluda. As shown in the accompanying graph, use of the service has grown dramatically during the summer tourist season.WiFi Users May11-Aug17 2015

“Saluda, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock Village share a business and tourism corridor,” said Ron Walters, Executive Director of PANGAEA Internet. “They are a hub of tourism in the region and a key driver of employment and economic activity. Our free public Wi-Fi network provides a convenient, reliable, and economical alternative to cellular data services.”

With this expansion of public Wi-Fi, more than 11,000 users have connected to PANGAEA Wi-Fi in the last month. Stu Davidson, PANGAEA’s Operations Director, said “the utilization and performance of this network has far exceeded my expectations. The communities have provided valuable input into the network design and I’m really pleased by the impact it is having.”

Another ongoing Wi-Fi project called “Connect” is a collaboration between PANGAEA, Facebook, the Rutherford County Schools, and the towns of Forest City, Rutherfordton and Spindale. Connect provides free public Wi-Fi service to areas with high concentrations of students, enabling them to take full advantage of Rutherford County Schools’ 1:1 program, which has provided a notebook computer to each middle and high school student since 2011.

Since the project launched, Connect now provides service to more than 5700 users each month. “Connect and our community collaboration continues to invest in our region’s students,” said Walters. “With the increasing number of users we have seen since we began this project, it’s clear that our efforts are making a difference in our communities.”

 


 

PANGAEA Internet (pan-GEE-ah) is a non-profit provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service. Our network currently serves customers at over 150 locations across Polk and Rutherford Counties, including public school districts, city and county governments, health care facilities, and local businesses. Visit us online at www.pangaea.us, or contact Executive Director Ron Walters at 828-859-3072.

 

What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet (July 2015)

2nd Annual
Customer Appreciation 
Picnic & Ball Game

(Click for more photos)

PANGAEA is successfully deploying free Wi-Fi in our local communities.
Read more about this exciting project in next month’s Press Release.

Customer Referral Program

PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route (see our Network Map). If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200!!! Click this link to fill out the form.

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President
Joe Crowder, Secretary
Harry Grymes, Treasurer

Board Directors

Chris Braund
Jeff Byrd
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Doug Dickerson, Network Operations Associate
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

Grant Program Funds Available

PANGAEA Internet’s grant program is available to assist potential customers with installation costs for our “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service. 

Read more about this program and submit an application on the Grant Application page of our website.

Testimonial Winners

Congratulations to our second quarter winner of a
$200 Invoice Credit

David Swain
Allrail Inc.
Rutherfordton

Read David’s testimonial on the Testimonial Page of our website.  If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback.  Just click this link and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization.  The drawing is conducted quarterly.

Welcome to our New Customers

Hinkle’s Pet Hospital (Spindale)
Swiftwater Farm (Mill Spring)
Town of Rutherfordton (Rutherfordton)
K. Brothers Construction, LLC (Lake Lure)
MP Internationale, Ltd. (Mill Spring)
RHI Legacy, Inc. (Rutherfordton)
Cielo Real Estate, Inc. (Tryon)
Forest City Associates (Forest City)
Organic Skin Care & Manicuring (Tryon)
First United Methodist Church (Forest City)

PANGAEA Internet Earns National Recognition from Broadband Communities
Read more here

Business After Hours
Thank you to all who attended!

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Ron Walters’ Presentation at the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit

 

Broadband Is Like Oxygen to Rural America – What Technology and Companies Will Provide It?
Will Gigabit networks or wireless services best meet the needs of the nation’s rural communities? What options are rural communities missing without good-quality broadband? And when commercial providers are in short supply, how do non-profits, cooperatives and municipal broadband providers help fill the void?

PANGAEA Internet Earns National Recognition from Broadband Communities

TRYON, NC / April 28, 2015 – PANGAEA Internet (PANGAEA), the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, has received the Cornerstone Award from Broadband Communities magazine. The award was presented to PANGAEA Executive Director Ron Walters at the Broadband Communities Summit, held April 14-16 in Austin, TX.

Each year, Broadband Communities assembles a committee of industry leaders, analysts, and writers to honor a select number of recipients for outstanding accomplishments in the area of delivering telecommunications for the benefit of the end user. The 2015 presentation marks PANGAEA’s second Cornerstone Award, having also received the award in 2004.

According to the judging committee, “We can think of no better illustration of the value of a fiber network than the story of this non-profit serving Polk and Rutherford Counties that began on such a small scale and now connects middle mile and last mile customers at some 150 locations, including businesses, healthcare facilities, government offices and all the public schools.”

Additional comments from the judges acknowledged2015 AWARD Photo for Publication

PANGAEA’s impact on:

Education – “PANGAEA brings a wealth of resources to

students and teachers, helping students compete with

cohorts in much richer school districts.”

Healthcare – “Facilities served by the PANGAEA

network experience greater productivity, speedier access

to information and more effective use of professionals.”

Government – “The local and county governments that are customers of PANGAEA are equipped to communicate with other government entities instantaneously, and to pool resources and reduce costs while improving services.” Judges also noted the impact of PANGAEA Internet on regional economic development, citing PANGAEA’s involvement with the construction of the Facebook data center, the Ameridial call center, and other efforts to support economic growth in Polk and Rutherford counties.

“On behalf of our board of directors, staff and supporters, we are very pleased to be a 2015 Cornerstone Award recipient,” said Walters. “This award acknowledges and reinforces our efforts to support our community and improve the overall quality of life for local residents.”

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Ron Walters receives the 2015 Cornerstone Award from Jane Patterson, President, The View Forward – Go Forward. Photo credit: Rachel Ellner for Broadband Communities magazine.

What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet (March 2015)


 

Grant Program

PANGAEA Internet’s grant program is available to assist potential customers with installation costs for our “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service.

Read more about this program and submit an application on the Grant Application page of our website.

 

 


Testimonial Winner

Congratulations to our first quarter winner of a
$200 Invoice Credit
Wanangwa Dever, Polk County Public Library (Columbus)

Read Wanangwa’s testimonial on the Testimonial Page of our website.   If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback.  Just click this link and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your organization.  The drawing is conducted quarterly.

 


 

Welcome to our New Customers

Gilkey Lumber Company (Rutherfordton)
Washburn Law, PLLC (Columbus)
Carolina Computer Solutions (Columbus)
Pisgah Legal Services (Spindale)
Green River Acres, LLC (Lake Lure)
Huckleberry’s Restaurant (Tryon)

 


 

 

Click above to read the “Fast Friends” story featuring Facebook and Isothermal Community College. “Mutually realizing the need for workers with unique and technical skills, Facebook and Isothermal forged a partnership.” PANGAEA Internet currently provides scholarship funds to eligible Isothermal students attending the College Data Center Institute and Network Technologies programs.

 


 

        Meet the Board

“I am very proud of our organization and what itMarche Pittman-website has done to improve connectivity and internet access in our region. We have effected innovative change in the way government, business, and education communicate. Our Board is comprised of technology professionals who know a great deal about the needs of our community, and it has been a pleasure to serve with them.” -Marche Pittman, Director

 

 


 

 

Ron Walters, our Executive Director, delivered an interesting presentation to the Tryon Rotary Club last week.  Learn more about PANGAEA Internet by visiting our website at http://www.pangaea.us/

 

 

 


 

Waiting for Spring

Fast Friends – Facebook and Isothermal Community College spark workforce development in North Carolina

by WALTER DALTON (President, Isothermal Community College, editor@conway.com)

When the ribbon was cut on the Facebook data center in Forest City, N.C., a new day was born. Rutherford County, which had “clothed the world,” had seen its textile mills closed and a way of life altered. Unemployment was rampant. Now, with Facebook’s new facility, the county is a place “where the world connects.” It is also a place where Facebook and Isothermal Community College have formed a strong partnership, which is fueled by mutual support and shared purpose.

Shortly after the groundbreaking in 2010, 700 construction workers took control of the site, previously the home of a large textile mill that had been razed. It is a safe bet that many of these workers had previously worked in the former mill or another like it in the county. A large portion of the workers — welders, pipe fitters, construction workers and others — had been trained at Isothermal Community College.

As the facility has come online and continued to expand, the collaboration between Isothermal and Facebook has grown and deepened through the years, encompassing several initiatives that draw on the community’s strengths.
FAST FRIEND-web-FBLike                                          Facebook has found a lot to like in Forest City, N.C.

Cultivating a 21st Century Workforce

Mutually realizing the need for workers with unique and technical skills to be available to work in the data center, Facebook and Isothermal forged a partnership. Isothermal, which has always been known for its workforce training, created its Data Center Institute with the help of Facebook.

Isothermal instructors worked closely with Facebook employees to develop a certification that prepares students to work in one of the area’s most exciting industries. This 12-day workshop focuses on the technical knowledge required of an entry-level data center employee. It is a hands-on experience in an active learning environment. Content is delivered in modular format focusing on technical concepts. This is followed by a two-day simulation and a certification exam.

To facilitate instruction, Facebook generously donated a rack of servers along with power equipment to the college to simulate actual data center operations. This was particularly important since the equipment, which is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, could not be purchased on the open market — certainly not as a teaching aid for a community college. Quite simply, it gave Isothermal students the amazing opportunity to work closely with cutting-edge technology.

FAST FRIENDS Web-KevenWalter Dalton (l.), president of Isothermal Community College, and Keven McCammon, site manager of Facebook’s data center in Forest City, discuss the server rack that was donated to Isothermal’s Data Center Institute by Facebook.

Since it was first launched, the program has graduated 68 students, nearly all of whom are now working in information technology. This institute earned Isothermal Community College the League of Innovation Award in 2012.

The results of the Isothermal Data Center Institute are impressive. Almost half of the students started work as interns at Facebook. Many obtained full-time jobs with the company through its HR service. Jobs that are touted in national and international media as among the most coveted in technology now belong to the citizens of our area. Several of the DCI graduates went to work for other data centers in the region and have credited the credentials earned at Isothermal as giving them an edge in the hiring process. In fact, a manager from a neighboring major data center took the class just to learn best practices and strategies.

Keven McCammon, site manager for Facebook’s Forest City Data Center, said, “Recruiting and training the highly skilled workers we need is one of the most difficult parts of running a data center. Isothermal’s Data Center Institute is producing homegrown, high-caliber talent, right here in Rutherford County.”

 Building an Advanced Industrial Corridor

In 2014, Isothermal and Facebook worked with others to seek grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to create the Global Advanced Industrial Technology Consortium (GAITC), a regional consortium of two- and four-year colleges and universities in three states and globally recognized companies, working to enhance and improve advanced industrial technology training and research. It partners rural and urban areas, ignores political boundaries and embraces economic opportunities. It is intended to improve learning, stimulate innovation and save money through economies of scale.

Although not successful in the first attempt, the consortium will continue to seek funding from DOL and other sources. If that funding is received, an advanced industrial corridor will be created running from Spartanburg, S.C./Spindale, N.C. to Atlanta, Ga., with the aim of creating jobs through cutting-edge training and new product development and perfection. The GAITC partners include North Carolina State University, Spartanburg Community College, Chattahoochee Community College in Georgia, Tri-County Community College in North Carolina, and Western Carolina University, as well as other major companies.

Fostering Innovation in More Ways Than One

“Isothermal” literally means “equal temperature” — the name was given to the college because of Western North Carolina’s Thermal Belt. So it was logical for the college to have a weather station. Facebook made it happen, and with prestigious partners: NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) and the State Climate Office at North Carolina State University.

The station, located on Isothermal’s main campus in Spindale, provides real-time data for use by the scientific community and the public. A Facebook grant of $15,000 covered the major cost of equipment and installation. Most importantly, the data will be available for instruction in Isothermal’s science classes and will also be available for specific study projects by public school students.

The station is a part of the NC ECONET (North Carolina Environment and Climate Observing Network), which collects data from sensors across the state into a comprehensive database for analytical purposes. “These are research-grade sensors that provide data used by growers emergency managers, and the National Weather Service to improve forecasts,” said Ryan Boyles, director of the State Climate Office. “These sensors and the data they collect support decision-making, but are also available to help train the Isothermal community.”

FAST FRIENDS web Ron teachingRon Walters, executive director of PANGAEA Internet, teaches a recent class at Isothermal Community College’s Data Center Institute.

Rutherford County Public Schools made it a priority to ensure that its students have access to technology, and provided each middle school and high school student with a free laptop computer. The problem was, however, that half of the students did not have Internet access at home.

 “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together in the last three years, and know that our partnership has become a model for other data centers across the nation.” — Keven McCammon, site manager for Facebook’s Forest City Data Center

Enter Facebook.

Together with Rutherford County Schools, Isothermal Community College, PANGAEA Internet, and the Town of Forest City, Facebook is working to provide free Wi-Fi to targeted neighborhoods. In Phase I of the project (launched in July 2014), students in 75 to 100 homes were given free Wi-Fi access. In addition to benefiting the local public schools, it will also benefit many Isothermal students who have faced the same access dilemma.

STEM-Related Opportunities

At Isothermal, we hope to build a culture focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), or, as Sam Houston of the Science and Math Technology Center in Raleigh would say, “Strategies That Engage the Mind.” Facebook has stepped up to the plate on both accounts by providing support (financial and otherwise) for Isothermal’s Science and Tech Expo, which is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. The expo brings all of the sixth-graders in a two-county area to the main campus of Isothermal for an entire day to experience nearly 50 interactive exhibits.

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Lisa Hamrick, a graduate of Isothermal Community College’s Data Center Institute, is now employed at Facebook’s data center, working for contractor Milestone Technologies.

     These are just a few of the initiatives that have grown out of the partnership between Facebook and Isothermal Community College. Facebook’s Keven McCammon said, “Isothermal Community College’s innovation and commitment to workforce and economic development were large factors in Facebook’s decision to locate its data center here. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together in the last three years, and know that our partnership has become a model for other data centers across the nation.”

This year Isothermal celebrates its 50th Anniversary. It is 50 years of providing an affordable, accessible and excellent education, and workforce training to our citizens. In addition, we celebrate and appreciate our partnership with Facebook, a relatively new — but powerful and caring — corporate citizen. In only a short time, Facebook has had a significant impact on our local culture and our local economy. While it has a global presence, it is having a tremendous local impact.

The Isothermal/Facebook partnership already has paid great dividends, and will continue to grow and thrive through a shared vision for a better future. At Isothermal and in our area, it is safe to say that we “like” Facebook.

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Walter Dalton is the president of Isothermal

Community College and was the 33rd Lieutenant

Governor of North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANGAEA’s Response to Recent WiFi Signage Concerns

Letter to the Editor,  submitted by Ron Walters, Executive Director of PANGAEA Internet

Published in the Tryon Daily Bulletin, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

To the editor:

I am writing to correct the Wi-Fi story that appeared on the Tryon Daily Bulletin front page on Nov. 26, 2014.

At the May 20, 2014 Tryon Town Council meeting, PANGAEA presented a proposal to install signage indicating free Wi-Fi availability and to designate five parking spaces on McCown Street as Wi-Fi hot spot parking. The motion was approved unanimously “to allow PANGAEA to use five parking spaces on McCown Street designated as PANGAEA Wi-Fi Hot Spot and signage subject to Town approval” (May 20, 2014 meeting minutes).

A detailed Signage Plan and Zoning Permit Application showing locations, design, and dimensions was presented to the town. Modifications were requested and the application was re-submitted. The application was approved by the town manager on Sept. 16, 2014.

That being said, PANGAEA is a long time community partner and we will gladly work with the town to address any concerns about the Wi-Fi signage. We are very excited about the number of people using the Wi-Fi parking spaces and the Tryon free Wi-Fi system since the signs went up.

There are three purposes of the free Wi-Fi signs:  1) informational (indicating the availability of free Wi-Fi), 2) safety (indicating a safe place to park to access the internet), and 3) support (indicating to contact PANGAEA with comments or service issues).  The signs are not intended to be advertising for PANGAEA Internet.

As background, PANGAEA Internet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company that has raised and spent nearly $4 million building a high-speed fiber optic Internet system in Polk and Rutherford Counties.  Many community leaders are serving or have served on our board of directors.  Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic development of our area by providing extremely reliable and fast internet service for education, government, health care and commercial businesses.

Every Tryon downtown development strategic discussion that I’ve heard has included the need for increased internet access. In 2014, we started a project to utilize our fiber network to provide free Wi-Fi in downtown areas.  The goal was to provide free Wi-Fi access to visitors (bring people downtown and keep them here) as well as provide a safe place for people to park and access the internet for texting, maps, web searches etc.

Therefore, in early 2014 PANGAEA deployed 12 access points throughout the Tryon downtown area and we are providing free Wi-Fi.  In fact, the free Wi-Fi bandwidth was recently tripled to 3 MB download and 1 MB upload. As the project is part of our community based mission, PANGAEA paid for 100 percent of the signs and sign installation as well as the Wi-Fi equipment and bandwidth/transport.

We welcome comments or suggestions on how we can continue to utilize our network to improve Tryon.

PANGAEA expands community Wi-Fi access points, bandwidth

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Published 10:00pm Monday, November 17, 2014
By Claire Sachse
claire.sachse@tryondailybulletin.com

Internet access has become a little easier and more convenient for the business traveler, tourist or Polk County resident visiting Tryon. In October, PANGAEA Internet, a non-profit Internet service provider based in Tryon, launched free Wi-Fi access points throughout downtown Tryon, marked by newly-installed signs at parking spaces along McCown St., by Side Street Pizza and at Tryon Town Hall.

The free outside service offers three MB download speed and one MB upload speed, a tripling of bandwidth from what was previously available. Twelve antennae throughout Tryon provide the hotspots, or access points. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets and personal computers with Wi-Fi capability can access the service.

“Part of our mission is to focus on improving Internet availability and enhancing the economic development potential of this area. Providing community Wi-Fi is our most recent project,” said Ron Walters, PANGAEA’s executive director.

Walters also noted that the company is also conducting a limited trial in Saluda with an antenna on the roof of the library that the public can use to access the Internet.

The company installed signs at parking spaces in Tryon, according to Walters, because this gives the business visitor or tourist a safe place to access maps or email within sight of the antenna.

“This is a real asset for visitors and tourists,” said Walters.

When visitors connect to the free service for the first time, a “splash page” will appear. If visitors wish to purchase higher speed service, they will be directed to use a credit card or PayPal to complete that transaction.

Now in its 11th year, PANGAEA Internet offers high-speed fiber optic Internet service to more than 140 locations in Polk and Rutherford Counties. Its customers include businesses, healthcare, education, and government agencies. PANGAEA also sells wholesale Internet to residential Internet service providers.

Walters said that the company hopes the community will provide feedback about their experiences with these access points.

What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet (November 2014)


What’s Happening at PANGAEA Internet

In This Issue

Quick Links
Network Map 

Meet the Board

Rhonda Owens, Director

Rutherford County has done business with PANGAEA Internet for the past 7 years with great success. Currently all county government offices are connected to PANGAEA’s fiber. Rhonda has been with Rutherford County for 30 years and worked in the Finance Office and Information Technology. For the past 7 years she has served as IT Director. She is married, has two children, and lives in Forest City.

Customer Referral Program

PANGAEA Internet is available to all commercial customers that are near our fiber route.  (See our Network Map.)  If a referral from a current PANGAEA customer results in a signed service agreement, we will credit your PANGAEA invoice $200!!!  Click this link to fill out the form.

Stay Connected

Board Officers

Jim Edwards, President

Joe Crowder, Secretary

Harry Grymes,Treasurer

Board Directors

Chris Braund

Jeff Byrd

Rhonda Owens

Marche Pttman

Russ Pitts

Staff

Ron Walters, Executive Director

Stu Davidson, Operations Director

Doug Dickerson, Network Operations Associate

Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator

Contract Support

Jody Gill, CPA Accounting & Reporting

Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to
Scott Warren
IT Director at
CooperRiis Healing Community
 in Mill Spring, NC.
 
Scott is the Mini iPad winner of our Facebook Social Campaign that ended October 31, 2014.
We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all who participated this year!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future promotions!

Testimonial Winner!

Congratulations to our fourth quarter winner of a
$200 Invoice Credit
 
Billy King
 of High Tech House Call
in Tryon, NC.
Read Billy’s testimonial on the Testimonial Page of our website.
If you  haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please take a few minutes and give us your feedback.  Just click this link
and provide a few sentences regarding how PANGAEA Internet has impacted your          organization.  The drawing is conducted quarterly.

Welcome to our New Customers

B &W Fiberglass (Forest City – New Location)
Trelleborg (Rutherfordton)
Washburn Realty (Rutherfordton – New Location)
Wayne Wire Die Company (Columbus)
Drop In Food Stores (Forest City)
Major Lee’s, Inc. (Forest City)
Advent Internal Medicine (Tryon)

Tryon WiFi Signage

In 2014, PANGAEA Internet deployed twelve WiFi access points in downtown Tryon.  A WiFi parking area was recently designated on McCown Street to make WiFi more accessible and safer for residents and visitors.

 

PANGAEA WiFi is a free service which was launched as part of PANGAEA’s strong community focus and nonprofit mission. The free service bandwidth level was recently increased to 3 MBPS (megabits per second) download and 1 MBPS upload.   In addition, PANGAEA offers a paid WiFi service for more frequent and heavy users.   That service level is 10 MBPS download and 2 MBPS upload.

Did You Know?

Nothing seems to bother fiber optics. Because fiber optical cables carry light instead of electricity, they are not disturbed by changes in the temperature, rain, cold, or virtually any other environmental condition.

 

When it comes to bandwidth, fiber is king. A single fiber is capable of transmitting 250 million phone conversations every second. One mile of fiber weighs about 1/4th of a pound whereas copper cable with the same information-carrying capacity would weigh 33 tons.

 

Optical fiber phone lines cannot be bugged or tapped.

 

A fiber is thinner than a human hair.

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