Open Broadband is bringing high-speed internet to Gaston Co.

Free public WiFi to be offered in Belmont, with business and residential services expected to be available soon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Open Broadband CEO Alan Fitzpatrick (left) and CIO Kent Winrich are cutting the ribbon, with NC Sen. Kathy Harrington, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, City Council members Ryan Schrift and Doug Gadd and Mayor Pro Tem Martha Stowe, who is holding the ribbon. Holding the ribbon on the left is Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller. Also representing Open Broadband, on the second row, are Jason Crawford, Stephen Morris, who is behind Alan Fitzpatrick, and Joe Giarmo. Dr. Stephen Hannon, third from right, chairs the Board of Directors of Gaston Innovation Group, the organization working to develop the TechWorks project in Gaston County.   

High speed internet and TechWorks are two of the major tools necessary to attract entrepreneurial businesses here

Wireless high-speed internet is coming to downtown Belmont with the arrival of Open Broadband. Open Broadband CEO Alan Fitzpatrick made the announcement at a launch reception and Chamber ribbon-cutting in the space being developed to become the TechWorks business innovation center at 52 Ervin Street in Belmont. Rivermen Brewing soon will open in a separate space in the same building, and more than 100 who attended the Open Broadband announcement enjoyed refreshments and beverages at Rivermen after the ribbon-cutting. 

Open Broadband, TechWorks and the City of Belmont are collaborating to make free public WiFi available along Main Street in Belmont and in Stowe Park. High-speed internet service also will be available for businesses to purchase. Internet speeds will range from 25Mbps to 1000Mbps..

A pre-signup period is under way now, and service is expected to be available in January 2018. More information on the service at http://belmont.openbb.net.

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Open Broadband CEO Alan Fitzpatrick announcing the arrival of high speed internet in Gaston County. 

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