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The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. To participate, please start by entering your home or business address to the right and clicking the "Search for My Address" button. 

This survey will verify availability of services in our counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all counties the chance to participate. We hope residents in all seven counties will participate in this effort so the entire region will have uniform data. Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in our overall broadband planning.

Initial data collected will provide valuable information to the Southwestern Commission and MountainWest Partnership, as well as state and local partners working towards broadband and Economic Development planning for the region. Anonymized data may be shared with broadband providers or planning partners with the goal of improving Internet services throughout the region.

The Southwestern Commission is one of the 16 regional councils of government for North Carolina and represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. MountainWest Partnership is the Economic Development Partnership for the seven counties in the southwestern region and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

For questions on the survey, please contact Sarah Thompson at sarah@regiona.org.


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About SWC BAAT Campaign





About this Campaign

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. To participate, please start by entering your home or business address to the right and clicking the "Search for My Address" button. 

This survey will verify availability of services in our counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all counties the chance to participate. We hope residents in all seven counties will participate in this effort so the entire region will have uniform data. Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in our overall broadband planning.

Initial data collected will provide valuable information to the Southwestern Commission and MountainWest Partnership, as well as state and local partners working towards broadband and Economic Development planning for the region. Anonymized data may be shared with broadband providers or planning partners with the goal of improving Internet services throughout the region.

The Southwestern Commission is one of the 16 regional councils of government for North Carolina and represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. MountainWest Partnership is the Economic Development Partnership for the seven counties in the southwestern region and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

For questions on the survey, please contact Sarah Thompson at sarah@regiona.org.

Check out who's already registered!


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Macon County
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Robert Williams

Macon County
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Cherokee County
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Macon County
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Seth Schmitt

Macon County
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Kim Garmon

Haywood County


Talk About Motivation!

10:21am December 8, 2017

Wow! What an amazing response! Cherokee and Graham Counties have exceeded their goals, while Clay County is at nearly 75%! Macon County is past 50% of goal, Jackson County is over 40% of goal, and Swain County has had a great jump past 20%. Come on Haywood – we know you can catch up! With only a month to go, let’s see how high these numbers can climb!

Making Great Progress!

9:50am November 8, 2017

Wow, what a great response! Our site has been up and running for about a month now and the engagement we're seeing is fantastic! Cherokee County is 28% to goal, Graham County is 83% to goal, Jackson County is 26% to goal, Macon County is 33% to goal, and Clay County is 22% to goal. If you're in Haywood County (6% to goal) or Swain County (9% to goal) we could really use your help in spreading the word. The more responses we have, the more reliable data we have to work with. The Southwestern Commission and MountainWest Partnership are excited to see such great movement on this campaign, and look forward to all the counties reaching their goals! Remember, the survey will be active for two more months, so let's get the word out!



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Southwestern Commission - Daniel Temple

9:38am January 12, 2018

Daniel Temple

We provide internet to many places in Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire, Cullowhee, and Tuckasegee already. If we were to be able to get government money we could easily increase our speed offerings and coverage area. Heck if we had Drake software funding out enterprise we could do it without the government money. Balsam west is severely over priced on the cost of bandwidth on their fiber so how expensive would this mountain west be (all part of the same company)? Would you work with existing small businesses that currently have coverage in the areas you plan on expanding our would it be a squash the little man objective? If anyone reading this in the Cashiers/Glenville/Sapphire/Cullowhee area is interested in high speed stable internet (high speed meaning speeds up to 50Mbps depending on your location at the moment with faster speeds in more areas planned) then call us at 828-743-2470.


Southwestern Commission - MICHAEL BABB

8:33am December 29, 2017

MICHAEL BABB

Verizon was bad enough, but Frontier is the worst and this is my only choice available to me. I have constant land line outages/static to where the phone is useless about half the time and with that, the same with internet connections. I am DAILY having to reboot the modem and WAIT/PRAY that it'll connect. A private party installed from Cullowhee to Cashiers a new fiber optic line, but is only available to a rare few, such as Post office, School and a few others. Why is it that you are not working with them to make available to all of us in the Cashiers/Glenville area? I WATCHED them bury the cable for months, so know it is in place. If we truly had high speed internet that was reliable, more businesses would relocate to our area and we have more start up businesses, let alone help out the local populace. we need YOUR HELP!!!!!!


Southwestern Commission - Robin Suggs

12:38pm December 27, 2017

Robin Suggs

I have seen several "last mile" initiatives come and go over the past 15 years or so with no result. People in Graham and Cherokee Counties have responded to this survey in such great numbers due to the critical need here which has gone unaddressed for years. We all pay the same USF fees as everyone and have nothing to show for them. I have participated in these surveys in the past with little in terms of a tangible result. Will this initiative be any different? If so, how?


Southwestern Commission - Gordon Burel

9:28am December 7, 2017

Gordon Burel

For me, the data infrastructure is the weakest link for economic growth for the Cashiers and Highlands area. I am a global ICT executive with a primary home just north of Atlanta and a second home in Cashiers. The only thing preventing me from a permanent relocation and even possibly opening a business here in the Cashiers area is the data infrastructure. I am sure I'm not the only one thinking about how we can create change and growth in the area as I have neighbors who are professionals with second homes here as well and would spend more time in Cashiers and contribute more to the local economy if they could work remotely.


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