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City of Wilson to Offer Gigabit Internet Service to Customers by July

City to become first community in North Carolina for ultra-high speed service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013
Contact: Heather Shepherd
(919) 604-3050
Wilson, N.C. – Greenlight, the broadband provider owned and operated by the City of Wilson, today announced that it will begin offering gigabit Internet connectivity services to its customers no later than July 2013.

"In January, the Federal Communications Commission issued a challenge to communities to provide gigabit service by 2015, and we’re proud to answer that challenge now. We are excited to launch our gigabit service and allow our customers to be the first in the state to experience such high speed Internet access," said Will Aycock, general manager of Greenlight. "Ultra-high speed Internet will help position Wilson for the future and will provide our businesses and residents with the tools they need to succeed."

In January, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman issued the "Gigabit City Challenge" which challenged providers to offer gigabit service in at least one community in each state by 2015. Gigabit services are approximately 100 times faster than average high-speed Internet connections.

Greenlight was formed in 2008 to provide an independent, locally-owned and operated option for television, telephone and Internet broadband connectivity for Wilson residents. Since then, Greenlight has grown to provide its services to more than 6,000 residential customers and businesses and the Wilson County School System. In addition, Greenlight provides free wireless Internet access throughout the downtown Wilson area.

"Since its inception, Greenlight has worked to provide reliable, affordable products that our customers need and to anticipate changes needed to keep our community at the forefront of technological advances. We were the first in the state to offer Fiber to the Home for reliability and are pleased to continue expanding our network," Aycock said.

Greenlight services are provided through its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) system which ensures the availability of reliable and advanced services for homes and businesses. Greenlight’s FTTH is comprised of 100 percent fiber optics.

The gigabit service will be added to Greenlight’s existing suite of services and will be offered as an optional service to Greenlight customers.

About Greenlight
Formed in 2008, Greenlight is the community network operated by the city of Wilson, N.C. and offers the fastest Internet speeds in North Carolina - from 10 Mbps to 1Gbps. Greenlight’s service offerings include high speed Internet, television, HD television and a phone plan that includes unlimited long distance to the US and Canada.