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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Contact Ron Walters at 828-859-3072 or ronw@e-polk.org)

Town of Forest City, Rutherford County Schools, PANGAEA Internet, and Facebook Launch Pilot of Free Wi-Fi Program for Local Students

TRYON, NC (July 17, 2014)  The Town of Forest City, Rutherford County Schools, PANGAEA Internet, and Facebook Inc. announced today that they are launching a pilot program intended to deliver free Wi-Fi access to students who live in the Rutherford County School District. The first phase of the pilot will launch immediately, testing solutions for delivering free Wi-Fi to 75-100 homes in the neighborhood surrounding the Rutherford Opportunity Center in Forest City.

The Forest City neighborhood was selected with the assistance of Rutherford County Schools, in part because of its high concentration of students. In 2011, the school system introduced a 1:1 initiative to provide a personal laptop to every middle and high school student. Administration officials have found, however, that nearly half of the 6,000 students who have received a laptop do not have Internet access at home. The new Wi-Fi network is intended to enable these students to take full advantage of the 1:1 program, using the Internet both at school and at home.

The first-phase Wi-Fi network is now live and can be accessed by joining the “Connect” network in the covered area. During the first phase, the Town of Forest City is providing space and power for the Wi-Fi end points, Facebook is providing the Wi-Fi end points themselves, and PANGAEA is providing the network signal. Future phases of the pilot will focus on expanding access to more students in the Rutherford County School District and on improving the performance of the network.

“It’s heartwarming to see a local business, the non-profit community, the school system, and the town come together to provide such an important service to our students and help them develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Forest City Mayor Dennis Tarlton. “This joint initiative is the perfect example of what makes Forest City such an exceptional place to live and work. This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Forest City.

“One of the pillars of the 1:1 initiative is to ensure equal access to digital information for all students,” said Dr. Janet Mason, superintendent of Rutherford County Schools. “We are thrilled to have partners like Facebook, PANGAEA Internet, and the Town of Forest City who share this vision and are enabling us to take another step toward delivering on our promise. When you can utilize technology to enhance educational opportunities for our county’s young people, everybody wins.

“PANGAEA Internet’s nonprofit mission is focused on improving our community, and as Rutherford County’s premier fiber optic internet service provider, we understand the impact that wireless access can have on businesses and families alike,” said Ron Walters, executive director of PANGAEA Internet. “We are delighted to be a partner in this joint initiative to invest in our region’s students by extending access to their homes.

“Connectivity can open up new opportunities for everyone, and we’re excited to partner with Forest City, the Rutherford County School District, and PANGAEA Internet to help bring that access to more of Forest City’s students,” said Keven McCammon, site manager for Facebook’s data center in Forest City. “Facebook has called Forest City home for more than three years now, and we are proud to be able to help the community continue to invest in its future.”

About PANGAEA Internet
PANGAEA Internet is a non-profit provider of high-speed fiber optic Internet service. Its network currently serves customers at over 140 locations across Polk and Rutherford Counties, including public school districts, city and county governments, health care facilities, and local businesses. Learn more: www.pangaea.us

About Forest City, NC
Forest City was incorporated as Burnt Chimney in 1877, and the name was changed to Forest City in 1887. The population of Forest City is 7,450 and it is the commercial hub of Rutherford County. Forest City is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Learn more: www.townofforestcity.com

About Rutherford County Schools
Rutherford County Schools serves approximately 9,000 students through five high schools, three middle schools, and ten elementary schools. The system also has pre-school programs, a middle grade alternative program, a high school alternative program, and an early college program. Its mission is to prepare all students for lifelong learning in a global community by partnering with families and communities, providing rigorous academic and career preparation experiences, and promoting a safe and nurturing school environment. Learn more: www.rcsnc.org

About Facebook
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Learn more: www.facebook.com/ForestCityDataCenter

PANGAEA Internet’s “What’s Happening” (June 2014)

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Meet the Board
Joseph Crowder, Secretary

I am honored to have served on PANGAEA’s Board of Directors for the past nine years and to have been a part of the company’s growth from an original run of 7 miles of fiber-optic cable to almost 200 miles today.  Most importantly, PANGAEA has stayed dedicated to its mission of improving the quality of life and stimulating economic development in Polk and Rutherford counties.   

Testimonial Program
 
If you have not already submitted a customer testimonial, please 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 this link to submit a testimonial.

Customer Referral Program
 
PANGAEA Internet is available to all organizations 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
Keven McCammon
Rhonda Owens
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts
Staff
Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator
Contract Support
Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician
Douglas Dickerson, Network Engineering Intern

Enter to Win a Valuable Prize
 
With just a few clicks, you can be entered to win an iPad Mini! 
 
Click HERE to enter the sweepstakes. Contest ends October 31, 2014.

Free OWLS Tickets Available
 
We have several premium seat tickets to the Forest City Owls baseball games.   If you would like to attend a free game, please email Carolyn by clicking here.  The tickets are good for the remainder of the season, with the exception of July 7.  

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NIGHT
Thank you to all who joined us for our first annual Customer Appreciation Night at the ball game!  Click any of the photos below to view the full album.
   

PANGAEA INTERNET FUNDS SCHOLARSHIPS
PANGAEA Internet has provided $1,000 in scholarship funds for students attending the Isothermal Community College Data Center Institute. 
Ron Walters, Executive Director of PANGAEA Internet (center), was on campus on Wednesday, June 4, to speak to the most recent Isothermal Data Center Institute class.  The recipients of the scholarships (left to right) are Chris Sims, Thomas Crawford, Brandon Tipton, and Michelle Taylor.  (Not pictured:  Seth McCall, Allie Bostic, and Brendan McEnnerney)
For more information on the Data Center Institute, contact Rebecca Haney at 828-395-1305.

Introducing Doug Dickerson
 
  
PANGAEA Internet is happy to introduce our Network Engineering Summer Intern, Doug Dickerson.  Doug will soon graduate from Blue Ridge Community College with an associate degree in Computer Networking and Computer Programming. In the Networking program he studies Cisco products and design and Windows and Linux Administration. In Computer Programming he learns about Java, C++, C#, and databases. Doug has also taken classes in web site design and programming.

As an intern for PANGAEA, Doug works closely with Stu Davidson, Operations Director, to learn how to implement a high speed fiber network, make fiber connections, and configure the equipment used to make all that work.  He is also learning about the set up of the wireless service in the town of Tryon.  Doug says, “It has been a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to work with the people here at PANGAEA Internet.  Everyone there has helped me learn new things and given me the ability to compliment my course of study with actual hands on experience.”

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Tryon, NC 28782
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PANGAEA Internet’s “What’s Happening” (April 2014)

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Meet the Board 
Jim Edwards, President
“As a founding member of the Board, I am proud to have been a part of the growth of PANGAEA’s broadband service to Polk and Rutherford counties.

The benefits to our educational institutions, local governments, businesses and others have been tremendous, and more good things are on the horizon.”

Customer Referral Program
 
PANGAEA Internet is available to all organizations 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
Keven McCammon
Rhonda Owens
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts
Staff
Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator
Contract Support
Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

Summer Internship Available (Network Engineering)
 

PANGAEA Internet is looking for a Network Engineering summer intern.  This is a paid summer internship program and will be located at the PANGAEA Internet office in Tryon, NC.  

 

Click here to view the Position Description.   

 

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Ron Walters, Executive Director at ronw@e-polk.org.

OUR MARCH MADNESS WINNER
 
Carl Classen
County Manager
Rutherford County, NC

Carl Classen, County Manager of Rutherford County, is the winner of a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  But wait, it gets even better . . . Carl is not the only winner because he is going to donate the gift card to the Rutherford County Animal Shelter in honor of his family dog, Emily.  

 

Congratulations Carl and thank you to all of our customers who participated this year.

Testimonial Winner! 
Our second quarter testimonial winner of a $200 Invoice Credit was 
Cindy Edwards of Forest Edwards Insurance.  Read Cindy’s testimonial
 on the Testimonial Page of our website.

If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please 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 this link to submit a testimonial.

Enter to Win a Valuable Prize
Coming in May . . .  PANGAEA Internet will launch a
“Like Us on Facebook” Sweepstakes.
With just a few clicks, you will be entered to win a great prize.  Keep an eye on your inbox for a chance to enter the drawing.

           

Broadband Communities 2014 Summit
PANGAEA Internet was the first Cornerstone Award winner in the fiber network era. Ken Rossen was the “cornerstone” Executive Director of e-polk/PANGAEA Internet in 2004.

 

As an attendee of the 2014 Summit of Broadband Communities our Executive Director, Ron Walters, had this to say:

  “Since winning the Cornerstone Award in 2004, PANGAEA Internet’s nonprofit fiber network has grown tremendously and the Summit always provides a great opportunity to meet potential partners to help us sustain our momentum and dramatic community impact.”

 

 
Come visit us at the Rutherford Business Showcase on Thursday, May 22, at Isothermal Community College, Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center in Spindale.

PANGAEA Internet Launches Wi-Fi Trial in Downtown Tryon
 

PANGAEA Internet has recently launched a trial Wi-Fi service in downtown Tryon. The trial period will extend through the end of 2014 and is intended to evaluate Wi-Fi technology, determine coverage areas, and gauge consumer demand. 

Wi-Fi coverage is offered between Tryon Town Hall/Rogers Park and the PANGAEA office near Side Street Pizza.   Click here to read the full story.  

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75 S. Trade Street, Suite C
Post Office Box 340
Tryon, NC 28782
(828) 859-3072
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PANGAEA Internet Launches Wi-Fi Trial in Downtown Tryon

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PANGAEA Internet Launches Wi-Fi Trial in Downtown Tryon

 

TRYON, NC / March 28, 2014 - PANGAEA Internet (PANGAEA), the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, has launched a trial Wi-Fi service in downtown Tryon. The trial period will extend through the end of 2014 and is intended to evaluate Wi-Fi technology, determine coverage areas, and gauge consumer demand.

 

Dual band wireless access points in storefronts and on rooftops provide the Wi-Fi service, which is aimed at visitors to downtown Tryon, area residents, and small downtown-based businesses with basic internet needs. Mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, as well as personal computers with Wi-Fi capability can access the service.

Wi-Fi coverage is offered between Tryon Town Hall/Rogers Park and the PANGAEA office near Side Street Pizza. The Wi-Fi connections are:

  • PANGAEA FREE Mesh
  • PANGAEA PAID Mesh

The FREE offering is a low bandwidth, no-cost service, providing the ability to check emails and browse the Internet.

 

A “Splash Page” appears when users first access the FREE Wi-Fi network.  Using PayPal or a Credit Card, FREE users may purchase higher speed connectivity.

 

The PAID offering is a higher speed service, for longer term usage, requiring a Security Key provided by PANGAEA Internet for a monthly fee.

“By using Open-Mesh access points and our fiber optic network we have covered the downtown Trade Street area of Tryon,” according to PANGAEA Internet Operations Director Stu Davidson. “The PANGAEA Wi-Fi solution works well, is reliable, and is cost efficient to deploy.” Additional trial markets are under consideration. PANGAEA Internet welcomes community feedback about this trial program, which can be provided online at www.pangaea.us/contact.

PANGAEA Internet (pan-GEE-ah) is a non-profit provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service. Our network currently serves customers at over 140 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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I LOVE the high speed

I LOVE the high speed. My office is in NC and I work in Florida. I download every day, huge files over the internet. I do it all wirelessly. Without your high speed, I would have had to move these files from NC to FL on CDs. Thanks, PANGAEA!
John Hugill, Medical Records Retrieval, Mill Spring, NC

PANGAEA Internet “What’s Happening” (Feb 2014)

 

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Meet the Board 
Jeff Byrd, Director

“I have enjoyed working on the e-Polk Inc. (dba PANGAEA Internet) board since its inception, since it was just an exploratory committee seeking ways to improve life in our community through connectivity. To see a professionally run company today, with 200 miles of fiber optic cable in two counties, is a great satisfaction. I am proud of PANGAEA and excited about the economic development and public service PANGAEA will continue to bring to our foothills communities in the years to come.”

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
Keven McCammon
Rhonda Owens
Marche Pittman
Russ Pitts
Staff
Ron Walters, Executive Director
Stu Davidson, Operations Director
Carolyn Whitehead, Office Administrator
Contract Support
Jody Gill, CPA, Accounting & Reporting
Sean O’Connell, Network Technician

Testimonial Winner!

 

Our first quarter testimonial winner of a $200 Invoice Credit was
Kally Dotson of White Oak of Rutherfordton.  Read Kally’s testimonial
 on the Testimonial Page of our website.

If you haven’t already submitted a customer testimonial, please 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 this link to submit a testimonial.

Polk County Business & Community Expo
Thanks to the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce for hosting the first annual Business & Community Expo in Polk County, NC.  The Expo was well attended by area residents and other local business owners.

And the Survey Says . . .  “Happy Customers”

 

We would like to thank our customers who took part in PANGAEA Internet’s 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The results of the survey show customers are very pleased with the performance, value, and service which PANGAEA Internet provides, and are experiencing even greater satisfaction with our service than they were in 2012. Among the survey highlights:

  • 95% of survey respondents rated PANGAEA Internet’s performance and value as excellent or above average, a 4% increase from last year.
  • 100% of respondents consider our timely response & problem-solving to be excellent or above average, a 3% increase from last year.
  • 100% of respondents would recommend our service to others, up 7% from last year.
  • 93% of respondents believe PANGAEA Internet has an excellent or above average impact on our community.

PANGAEA Grant Awards . . . 
  
PANGAEA Internet recently awarded grants to several new customers.  These grant funds assisted with installation costs for PANGAEA’s “Speed of Light” fiber optic internet service.
Read more about the grant program here.
PANGAEA INTERNET WELCOMES
Dr. Sandra McCormack
Hospice of Rutherford County
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Post Office Box 340 Tryon,  NC  28782
(828) 859-3072
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PANGAEA on a mission to connect community

Read about it here:

http://www.tryondailybulletin.com/2014/02/23/pangaea-on-a-mission-to-connect-community/

Tryon Bulletin 2-23-14

 

 

PANGAEA is the only service in the community that can provide reliable connection for VoIP

We refer all of our VoIP customers to PANGAEA. It is the only service in the community that can provide reliable connection for these types of phone setups.
Dana Conner, Conner Computer Consultants, Inc., Rutherfordton, NC

PANGAEA has provided a very high standard for uptime and quality of service

PANGAEA has provided a very high standard for uptime and quality of service for our business. This is critical we use the internet for our phone systems, where we take a large number of sales orders through our call center operation. They have been a great partner.
Richard Hendricks, Tanner Companies, LLC, Rutherfordton, NC

Rock solid, unmatched speeds and uptime

Rock solid for over 4 years now, and ever expanding. Our customers who have switched to PANGAEA are thrilled with the unmatched speeds and uptime as well.
Tom Roberson, City Computer, Forest City, NC

Since 2008, I have been continually impressed with the stability of the network and the quality of support

After years of trying competing services with unsatisfactory results, I connected with PANGAEA in 2008 and have since been continually impressed with the stability of the network, and the quality of support I’ve received. In my business the ability to upload HD video content quickly is imperative; PANGAEA is extremely fast and very reliable.
Kyle Sisk, Divine Communications, Forest City, NC

A reliable network is key to my business

A reliable network is key to my business. Without PANGAEA I would be stuck with those “Other guys” that go down once or twice a month. An internet outage costs me money. The few times PANGAEA did have an outage over the past 7 years (I can count them on one hand) the service was restored quickly due to the staff working day and night to get it up and running again.
William (Billy) King, High-Tech House Call, LLC, Tryon, NC

Thank you for providing the best internet service

From the first day of service, we have not had a single issue with PANGAEA’s services. We have had numerous other companies call us inquiring about using their service. Once we tell them what we have for the price, they tell us they can’t beat it. The staff that we have dealt with has always been friendly, knowledgeable, and represents PANGAEA in a professional manner. Thank you for providing the best internet service.
Brian Ross, Foothills Gun Gallery Corp., Columbus, NC

It is very unique to have such a fast, professional service in this area

Our business loves PANGAEA! We have had no connection issues! It beats bundles that make no business sense from other providers. I believe it is very unique to have such a fast, professional service in this area – and I also believe it will grow to be more significant! Our business had a power outage and it was within a few minutes that we received a call from PANGAEA to see if everything was OK. Go PANGAEA!
Judd Daniel, Daniel Dry Goods, Tryon, NC

The upload and download speed is of utmost importance to us and adds to our efficiency

We appreciate the reliability and speed of our PANGAEA Internet Service. The speed at which we can upload and download photos for listings is of utmost importance and adds to our efficiency.
Kathy Toomey, New View Realty, Tryon, NC

For any business network, switching to PANGAEA should be a no-brainer

Best thing we ever did was switch to PANGAEA, as it relates to internet connectivity. It ended 10 years of frustration with other local options. For any business network this decision should be a no-brainer.
Lonnie Raber, Gospel Express, Columbus, NC

Being able to offer fiber optic internet to potential tenants has swayed the decision for several interested businesses

I have a different experience than most with PANGAEA as the Director of the Mill Spring Ag Center. Being able to offer fiber optic internet to potential tenants has swayed the decision for several businesses interested in renting here. And as always, Stu has been a great resource and a great partner for the Ag Center.
Patrick McLendon, Mill Spring Ag Center, Mill Spring, NC

Great company to work with

PANGAEA not only provides an excellent product but more importantly, are extremely responsive to technical problems and can be relied upon to follow up to ensure complete resolution to a problem. Great company to work with.
Daniel Brenman, Airspace Solutions.com USA, LLC , Mill Spring, NC

PANGAEA’s responsiveness and willingness to help at any time is “stu”pendous!

PANGAEA has been an incredible upgrade from the nationally known provider we used previously. Their responsiveness and willingness to help at any time is “stu”pendous! We are very thankful to have this resource!
Dorothy Roche, Herrmann International, Lake Lure, NC

Exceptional customer service, extremely competitive price

PANGAEA has always been very responsive to our questions and concerns. Stu provides exceptional customer service. And the price is extremely competitive.
Karyl Fuller, Isothermal Planning, Rutherfordton, NC

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