Pinetops customers will be losing Greenlight – Wilson Times

Greenlight Community Broadband is slated to discontinue service to Pinetops by July 12, but the sale of infrastructure in the town will mean residents won’t miss out on high-speed broadband.

“Everyone I know who has Greenlight is very sad that this is happening,” said former Pinetops commissioner Suzanne Coker Craig. “Everyone has been extremely satisfied with not only the speed of the connection, but the customer service. The city of Wilson has served us extremely well, and we have no need to change.”

However, the change in providers was necessitated by the addition of Suddenlink service in Pinetops and a 2017 law stipulating the public provider has 30 days to stop service after a competitive provider connects to Greenlight’s customers in rural Nash and Edgecombe counties. On June 13, the notification was sent by Suddenlink, and Greenlight sought a buyer for the fiber optic infrastructure. (Read more)

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Pinetops broadband gets new life – Wilson Times

By Brie Handgraaf
Times Staff Writer

Little discussion and a unanimous vote by the N.C. Senate on Wednesday night signaled the end of a tug of war where the town of Pinetops and Vick Family Farms had been caught in the middle.
Once signed by Gov. Roy Cooper, House Bill 396 will allow Greenlight Community Broadband to resume billing more than 200 customers beyond the county line with the acknowledgement that municipal service will stop 30 days after a competitive provider connects to Greenlight’s customers in rural Nash and Edgecombe counties. (Read more)

Red light for Greenlight Court rules against municipal broadband in Pinetops

A federal court on Wednesday put the kibosh on high-speed internet access in Pinetops through Wilson’s Greenlight Community Broadband.

“Quite naturally, we were disappointed,” said Pinetops Town Administrator Lorenzo Carmon. “We believe Pinetops deserves to have high-quality internet access, and that is what Greenlight provided, so we’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out.”

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals handed down the ruling Wednesday, but the case was argued in March — one month before Pinetops got the figurative and literal Greenlight for broadband services. Since starting service in the small Edgecombe County town, about 200 customers have signed up, so the judgment puts their presence on the information superhighway in question. (Wilson Times)