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Shelby-based company bringing ultra high-speed internet to NC

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SHELBY, N.C. -

A company in Shelby announced it plans on bringing a 100-gigabit fiber network and a la carte TV programming to North Carolina.

RST Fiber said it has activated its 3,100-mile underground network across the state. The company said it is the first privately owned company in the nation to activate a 100-gigabit backbone network employing carrier grade Internet Protocol version 6.

The company said video and TV services are expected to launch by the end of the second quarter of this year.

RST said it will offer its 100-gigabit per second service to businesses and homes in metropolitan and rural communities statewide.

"The network we have built is what Cisco CEO John Chambers describes as the ‘Internet of Everything,'" said Dan Limerick, co-founder of RST Fiber. "Our goal is to ensure that communities across the Tar Heel state and the upstate of South Carolina will have access to ultra-high-speed broadband and many other fiber-delivered services a network like this can provide, helping to level the economic and educational playing field for everyone."

RST plans to offer uncompressed 4K television, online education, telemedicine, HD video security/surveillance, a la carte movies and programming and smart grid connectivity/transport.

The release from RST comes on the heels of a March 5 announcement from Google saying the Triangle is one of nine metro areas around the country that could get Google Fiber.

Google Fiber is an ultra high-speed fiber network that offers customers Internet access that is up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Fiber is currently installed in Kansas City, Provo and Austin.

Some Triangle residents feel left behind

Pockets of the triangle region still do not have access to high-speed internet.  A Pittsboro family tells WNCN they just got DSL service from Century Link just 18 months ago.  It's faster than the dial-up they were using, but slower than broadband.

Andy Upshaw says it's unfair he and his neighbors often get cut out of technology upgrades just because they do not live in a large city.

"It should be a public service," Upshaw said.  "When the telephones were put up, they didn't pick and choose who got to get a telephone.  Everybody in the country was going to get one.  Same with electricity, and this should be the same way."

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