High Speed Internet is Coming to Riverwalk!!!!!
We need everyone's help to get the grant process started
Please also scroll further down for Gate Challenge Update
We received a very exciting call last week from Mr. Jeff Brooks with the North Carolina Broadband office, NC Department of IT,. We spoke with him for some time and he has assured us that there are several programs and pots of money available in grants to bring high speed internet to Riverwalk. We have pasted his follow up email below.
Regardless of whether you have satellite internet (such as hughesnet, viasat or starlink) or are using a business modem or if you are using the AT&T that is wired to your homes, we NEED you to take the survey at the link below. There will be a space for you to indicate what service you are currently using for internet connectivity. https://www.ncbroadband.gov/surveys/north-carolina-broadband-survey
Email from Mr. Jeff Brooks
Thank you for taking my call this afternoon. It was a pleasure to meet Liz and yourself, even if via telephone! Per our conversation my contact information is below – you can also reach Jim Corrin on my team, who is copied on this email, at email@example.com.
You will also note I have copied Beth Mull, Iredell County Manager, on this email. I am pleased to advise you that Ms. Mull, and the County’s elected leadership, are working closely with the Broadband Office to resolve broadband accessibility issues in Iredell County. As discussed, there are a multitude of programs which are available; the key is to ensure we are able to match the statutory requirements of a certain program in such a way that resolves issues for residents in the County.
Per our conversation, I have reached out to Charter / Spectrum for feedback relative to the potential federal RDOF grant which appears to encompass much of your neighborhood. We will also be reaching out to AT&T to determine their intent; we often find that are “overbuilding” in certain neighborhoods across the state without using grant funds. This is competitive information and there is no requirement for them to provide updates to us, but they are usually forthcoming about their current projects.
As we discussed, if Charter is actively building against a grant, we will ask them if they are able to include your addresses (and obviously those adjacent to your locations as well). If only a few, I can’t see that would be an issue – however if it is a significant number of addresses, they may defer until another major grant cycle (the Completing Access to Broadband [CAB]), or subsequent BEAD funded grant programs.
If there are a limited number of isolated locations, then the Stop Gap program, as it is introduced, will certainly be an alternative – however if the number of homes are significant, Stop Gap may not be an option.
I would be delighted for you to take the Broadband Survey – I have attached a link below. Under that link is a link to the NC Broadband Office – while much of this information is for service providers and county managers, feel free to browse at your leisure.
Survey (scroll down the page for the English survey)
North Carolina Broadband Office
Once again, thank you for taking your valuable time to speak with me.
Jeff BrooksJeffrey M. BrooksInfrastructure | CAB | Stopgap | Pole ReplacementBroadband Infrastructure OfficeNorth Carolina Department of Information Technology
Gate CHALLENGES Continue - Gate 1 on Gardner Point - Nice to Meet You!
Please take notice that while in process of updating the gate codes at Gate 1 on Gardner Point there were some issues with local area codes. The gate has no rhyme or reason for when it asks for a "1" to be dialed before a local area code (704, 828, 980). With no training we made the mistake of not recognizing this and we made changes that may have affected some of your codes. Please take a moment to test your code and advise if you have an issue to firstname.lastname@example.org. To those that have stopped to introduce themselves and chat a bit, it has been a great pleasure meeting you and putting some faces with names. What a wonderful unexpected side benefit of updating the gate!
We will be updating the Gate no more often than 1 time per week.
......the original changes were to ONLY apply to the main gate and to the TEMPORARY codes that are reserved for emergency vehicles, mail delivery and temporary construction. There are NO other codes, with the exception of what is in the resident directory at the call box that is a unique resident identifier. Please read below carefully:
GATE CLICKERS AND FOB's are not affected - they will still work as normal
Your personal gate code is what is listed on the directory next to your name. Again, It is a 3 digit number that follows your name in the directory at the gate. Please make sure you are communicating your personal gate codes with your contractors, builders, realtors and guests. This is only Gate 1 on Gardner Point.
Once that 3 digit number is pressed at the call box it will dial your cellular number and you can then verify who is at the gate and then press "9" to open the gate. Conversely, a visitor can scroll through the directory and once they find your name, they can press "CALL" and your phone will be dialed.
When we review reports of gate entrance history it allows us to pinpoint an entry to a date and time in the event we need to verify that information.
If you have a BUILT home and are not in the directory, please reach out to the BOD at email@example.com.
If you have a home under construction and do not have a temporary construction code, please reach out the the BOD.
If you own a lot in Riverwalk and do not have FOB's to get in the gate, please reach out to the BOD.
Stayed tuned for information with regard to Gates 2 and 3.
Thank you for your patience with this transition.
Please click Gate Fob Instructions for the original gate instructions distributed February, 2021.
Your Riverwalk Board