Internet http://wunc.org en Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities http://wunc.org/post/gigabit-internet-new-four-nc-cities <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Winston-Salem have signed on to an agreement with AT&amp;T for high-speed fiber optic Internet service. The service operates at one gigabit per second, which translates to 25 song downloads per second. Still can't wrap your head around the incredible speed of fiber? Check out this video that uses water to demonstrate.</span><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IOERJ0fdUb4" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">This ultra-fast Internet service is not new everywhere in the state. The cities of Wilson and Salisbury started working on their own fiber systems years ago. That was before a </span><a href="http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&amp;BillID=H129" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">2011&nbsp;state law</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> restricted municipalities from building publicly-owned broadband networks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:38:22 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37631 at http://wunc.org Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Internet Security http://wunc.org/post/heartbleed-bug-what-it-means-internet-security <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Tahoma; line-height: 1.5;">You may not know what </span>OpenSSL<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Tahoma; line-height: 1.5;"> does, but odds are you rely on it when you enter your credit card number to make a purchase online. The software provides internet security for companies large and small across the web. A recently discovered bug in the software called </span><a href="http://heartbleed.com/" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Tahoma; line-height: 1.5;">Heartbleed</a><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Tahoma; line-height: 1.5;"> could mean massive security breaches by hackers and exposure of private information.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:53:46 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33517 at http://wunc.org Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Internet Security Meet Jane Smith Patterson http://wunc.org/post/meet-jane-smith-patterson <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">For more than 40 years, </span><a href="http://www.digitallearninginstitute.org/board/jane-smith-patterson" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Jane Smith Patterson</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"> has been paving the way for women in North Carolina politics and digital technology. After her start as a young organizer and activist in her hometown in Columbus County, North Carolina, Patterson left home for college when she was 16 years old.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:29:09 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32973 at http://wunc.org Meet Jane Smith Patterson A North Carolina Based Google Fiber Rival? http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-based-google-fiber-rival <div>A Shelby-based company is launching their own ultra-high-speed fiber optic project -- even as Google Fiber tests some North Carolina markets for connectivity. &nbsp;<a href="http://rstfiber.com/">RST Fiber</a> says it has activated a statewide 3,100-mile fiber network. &nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:40:48 +0000 Gurnal Scott 31911 at http://wunc.org A North Carolina Based Google Fiber Rival? What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster http://wunc.org/post/what-todays-online-sharing-companies-can-learn-napster <em>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/11/244538728/this-week-exploring-the-sharing-economy">exploring the sharing economy</a><em>. You'll find the stories on this blog and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/244583579/the-sharing-economy-a-shift-away-from-ownership">aggregated at this link</a>,<em> and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 25633 at http://wunc.org What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access http://wunc.org/post/rural-north-carolina-struggles-internet-access <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;background:none repeat scroll 0% 0% white">A federal government report on Internet access <a href="http://wunc.org/post/expanding-nc-broadband-highway">ranked North Carolina last in the country for the rate of Internet subscription. &nbsp;</a></span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:41:06 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24598 at http://wunc.org Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access Wilson, N.C.: The Self-Described 'Gigabit City' http://wunc.org/post/wilson-nc-self-described-gigabit-city <p></p><p>The city of Wilson has finished installing a fiber optic Internet system.&nbsp; It's the first such project in North Carolina that will provide the city of about 50,000 people with ultra-high speed Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:32:06 +0000 Will Michaels 18520 at http://wunc.org Wilson, N.C.: The Self-Described 'Gigabit City' Holly Springs Clears Fiber Optic Internet Project http://wunc.org/post/holly-springs-clears-fiber-optic-internet-project <p>The town of Holly Springs is interested in laying a fiber optic network that could lead to super high-speed Internet for local residents and businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>The Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with the project, which would install 16 miles of fiber optic cable in two loops underneath the town.&nbsp; Joanne Hovis is president of <a href="http://www.ctctechnologies.com/">CTC Technology</a>, which the town hired to design the network.&nbsp; She told the council at a recent meeting the service would start out as a communications system for the town, but lays the groundwork for Internet Service Providers to build commercial and residential connections. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:31:22 +0000 Will Michaels 17173 at http://wunc.org Holly Springs Clears Fiber Optic Internet Project Teenage Entrepreneur Wins Big In Tech Market http://wunc.org/post/teenage-entrepreneur-wins-big-tech-market <p>In the late '90s the Internet was king and everybody wanted a piece of it. <a href="http://www.appia.com/about/leadership/">Jud Bowman</a> was a student at the <a href="http://www.ncssm.edu/">North Carolina School of Science and Math</a> when he had an idea for an Internet start up. It was called Motricity, and he managed to get investors onboard before things went south in the Internet market. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:43:15 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 14858 at http://wunc.org Teenage Entrepreneur Wins Big In Tech Market Universities Work Together To Bring Ultrafast Internet To NC http://wunc.org/post/universities-work-together-bring-ultrafast-internet-nc <p></p><p>A consortium of universities and municipalities are working to bring ultrafast Internet access to central North Carolina.&nbsp;&nbsp;North Carolina State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke will submit a request for proposals Friday to Internet providers. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:48:29 +0000 Eric Hodge 9090 at http://wunc.org Universities Work Together To Bring Ultrafast Internet To NC