Charlotte Hearts Gigabit recently conducted a Lunch and Learn at the Technekes office in Charlotte. Employees of the company spent their lunch hour eating pizza and learning what Gigabit Internet is, why it’s important, and how the new Internet infrastructure will help Charlotte. Fostering economic development, entrepreneurship, and attracting talent are three key benefits.

Technekes is a technology-driven B2B marketing company with an amazing rooftop view of uptown Charlotte. One of their employees works remotely from Chattanooga, and uses a Gigabit connection from EPB Fiber Optics. The employee refuses to move to another apartment that doesn’t have high speed Internet! Fortunately with AT&T GigaPower having launched, Google Fiber under construction, and TWC Maxx being deployed, their employee can now ‘safely’ move to Charlotte. ((* Note: In order to achieve gigabit internet speeds you need to have a computer, modem, and AC wi-fi router that support the speed. We recently purchased a gigabit wif-fi router for less than $100 (TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router) and have been pleased with the results.))

The Lunch and Learn presentation included updates on the ISP activities in Charlotte, including pricing and availability. An overview was provided of the Google Fiber construction in other cities and what we can expect to see in Charlotte. We also discussed a range of issues spanning from improving Digital Inclusion efforts in Charlotte, to potential future apps that may be created to leverage such high Internet speed. Did you know that we have 2 Digital Inclusion Fellows in Charlotte, and Queens University is hiring a Project Manager for the effort?

To view the Lunch and Learn presentation click here.

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