During this time of increased online learning, some community organizations have offered services and grants to help congregations respond to the needs of our neighbors. Below you will find a couple of these opportunities. These organizations are not directly affiliated with the conference but are offered as options to improve WiFi access.
The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State (IEI) in partnership with the Broadband Infrastructure Office at the NC Department of Information Technology, and with principal support from the John M. Belk Endowment¹, is addressing the digital divide across NC through a new program called “Building a New Digital Economy” (BAND-NC). BAND-NC will provide rapid-response community innovation mini-grants to communities across the state. Click below to learn more.
Additionally, Community Hotspot as a Service (CHaaS) has been designed as a full-service solution that will provide NCCUMC churches a highly reliable and robust WiFi network that can be used to fulfill any number of missions including support for outdoor internet service, stable access for learning pods, or even facility management activities such as WiFi enabled alarms, climate control systems, and video surveillance.
While CHaaS is an all-in-one solution that can scale up or down based upon the size of the church, we will work directly with any church to review their existing infrastructure and help design and install a wireless network that meets their needs. Digital Futures will manage and coordinate all aspects of a CHaaS engagement from design, installation, and network monitoring to issue resolution. Any individuals wanting more information about CHaaS can review the attached PDF (or view it on our website). If there are any questions, our contact information is available in the attached PDF or I can be reached directly.
Additionally, during the first week of August, CHaaS will present a webinar entitled “How to Set Up a Community Hotspot to Support Your Mission”. There are three available dates/times to attend this webinar to learn more about community hotspots and ask questions.
If you are interested, register to attend the webinar.
We look forward to working with NCCUMC churches to provide this important utility for you and your surrounding communities.
If you have a successful ministry helping your community access the internet, please let us know! Send your stories to Jaye White at firstname.lastname@example.org.