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Just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to PANGAEA’s Ken for coming to the rescue at my office following a power surge last week. It was getting late in the evening on Friday when we noticed that we could not connect to the internet and our office software is in the cloud, therefore if we can’t get into the cloud software then it would be very difficult to treat patients on Saturday morning. After one call to PANGAEA, Ken came straight over and had us back up in no time. Come to find out we never lost internet service it was just that the surge reset our router. Even though this was not the responsibility of PANGAEA, Ken had us back to full flow in just minutes. That’s what I call service. Had this been AT&T, I would have had to take a number and wait a few days that we didn’t have.

Dr. Scott Rash, Breakthrough Chiropractic, Spindale, NC

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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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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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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New Customers

2017

  • 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)
  • Ray Gasperson (Columbus)
  • Preferred Choice Healthcare (Rutherfordton)
  • Tim Turner (Rutherfordton)
  • Cozy Fleece (Mooresboro)
  • Southern Manners (Columbus)
  • Isaac Aaron Media (Rutherfordton)
  • Wolf & Oxley, PLLC (Forest City)
  • Spindale Family Practice (Spindale)
  • Softplay Solutions USA, LLC (Mill Spring)
  • Adullam Christian Ministries (Spindale)
  • Custom Workroom Technical Center (Tryon)
  • Green River Plantation (Rutherfordton)
  • Rutherford Commercial (Spindale)
  • Blue Ridge Community Health (Spindale)
  • Burgess-Pittman & Co. of Keller Williams (Rutherfordton)
  • Artifacturing (Rutherfordton)
  • Don Harrill Company (Forest City)

2016

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center (Rutherfordton)
  • Mr. Lake Lure (Lake Lure)
  • Black Coffee Tryon, LLC (Tryon)
  • Grace Foothills Church (Tryon)
  • Town of Columbus
  • Workforce Benefits Company (Lake Lure)
  • Tryon SDA Church (Tryon)
  • The Alz App LLC (Mill Spring)

2015

  • Carolina Computer Solutions (Columbus)
  • Gilkey Lumber Company (Rutherfordton)
  • Washburn Law, PLLC (Columbus)
  • Green River Acres, LLC (Lake Lure)
  • Pisgah Legal Services (Rutherfordton)
  • 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 Manor Rest Home (Rutherfordton)
  • Rutherford County Library (Spindale)
  • United Way of Rutherford County, Inc. (Spindale)
  • Arledge Law Firm, PLLC (Rutherfordton)
  • Manual Woodworkers, Inc. (Spindale)
  • Medical Arts Pharmacy (Forest City)
  • Steps to HOPE, Inc. (Columbus)
  • Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton (Rutherfordton)
  • Moneto, LLC (Lake Lure)
  • Rutherford Heating & Air (Spindale)

2014

  • Blue Ridge Laser Eye Associates (Columbus)
  • Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club (Rutherfordton)
  • DukeNet
  • Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure (Lake Lure)
  • Carnes & Associates, Inc. (Lake Lure)
  • Hospice of Rutherford County (Forest City)
  • Dr. Sandra McCormack (Tryon)
  • Fulton Technology Corporation (Mooresboro)
  • Touchstone Fine Cabinetry (Rutherfordton)
  • Youth Empowerment, Inc. (Forest City)
  • ThirtyOx (Forest City)
  • Rutherford Sales and Recovery (Forest City)
  • O’Duggan’s Coffee Pub (Tryon)
  • Job Skills Academy (Columbus)
  • B & W Fiberglass – new location (Forest City)
  • Trelleborg (Rutherfordton)
  • Washburn Realty – new location (Rutherfordton)
  • Wayne Wire Die Company (Columbus)
  • Drop In Food Stores (Forest City)
  • Major Lee’s, Inc. (Forest City)
  • Advent Internal Medicine (Tryon)

2013

  • Coldwell Banker – Matheny Real Estate (Rutherfordton)
  • Brasfield & Goorie, LLC (Columbus)
  • Forest Edwards Insurance (Forest City)
  • Charles Watkins Auto (Forest City)
  • WNC Edutech (Columbus)
  • Staton & Cooper (Rutherfordton)
  • Rutherford Life Services (Spindale)
  • Rutherford Regional Medical Center (Rutherfordton)
  • Town of Spindale
  • Daniel Dry Goods (Tryon)
  • Medical Records Retrieval (Columbus)
  • Chop Shop Auto Parts (Forest City)

 

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.)

 

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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.

 

It’s lightning fast

I just wanted to say thanks and we LOVE PANGAEA! It’s the easiest swap we’ve ever made, and it’s lightning fast. It takes at least one stress out of our work day.
Dr. Gretchen Kelly, Foothills Animal Clinic, Forest City, NC

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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It is really nice to deal with local folks

I was very pleased with the response to our request to obtain the PANGAEA service. They came out immediately and within 1 week we were hooked up and going. The service is so much faster than our previous vendor could ever hope to supply and is less expensive to boot! All of our staff is able to use the internet readily and we no longer have to reboot our router 25 times a day. It is also really nice to deal with local folks that you can get to know and work with on a regular basis.
Lee Lindsay, Steps to Hope, Columbus, NC

8 years and zero interruptions to service

It’s a rock solid service with near zero downtime. I’ve been with them 8 years now and have had zero interruptions to service. Highly recommend to any business wanting a professional connection.
Tom Roberson, City Computer, Forest City, NC

Service and up-time has never been an issue

I have been handling our small company’s daily IT chores for several years and recently took over management of our accounts. I have to say that the name PANGAEA doesn’t come up at all in my daily tasks, thankfully. The service and up-time provided has never been an issue that affected our normal daily operations. That is very important with all of the cloud based accounts that we utilize now.
Chris Spratt, Diamondback Tactical, Spindale, NC

The speed and reliability rival any other options

We have been using PANGAEA at our office since 2011 and consider it an important tool. The speed & reliability rival any other options. Thanks for being in our community.
Kathy Toomey, New View Realty, Tryon, NC

PANGAEA is a top shelf internet service provider

I appreciate the level of speed and the consistency of connectivity. In my opinion, PANGAEA is a top shelf Internet service provider.
Matt Bright, Bright Asset Management, Forest City, NC

The internet speed is wonderful

The switch over from AT&T to PANGAEA was quite simple. Their workers made the transition of service seamless. I was most impressed that we had no down time and have had no problems with the service. The internet speed is wonderful!!
Faye Hassell, United Way of Rutherford County, Inc., Spindale, NC

Dependability and connectivity are crucial; PANGAEA is exactly what we were looking for

Dependability and connectivity are crucial in our business. With our old internet provider, we were constantly having issues with outages and equipment failures. We have been with PANGAEA for a little over a year now and we have not been down once! This is exactly what we were looking for!
John Harrill, Drop-In Food Stores, Forest City, NC 28043

Because of PANGAEA, we are on the edge of the newest technology for our area

At the Chamber, we frequently get positive comments on our fast internet speed when we host meetings and seminars. It is a great service to offer visitors to our facility. Because of PANGAEA Internet, we on the edge of the newest technology for our area at the Chamber of Commerce. This is a “must” in attracting new members, and helping the Chamber continue to be a viable organization that benefits businesses in the community.
Janet Sciacca, Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce, Tryon, NC

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