In many places around Western North Carolina, where WiFi is as expected as indoor air conditioning, a headline like that probably gets a chuckle or two.

Here at home, however, residents and local businesses have certainly noticed the improvements in WiFi availability throughout the main corridor that connects the two communities.

PANGAEA Internet has completed the PANGAEA Public WiFi networks in the downtown areas of Tryon, Saluda, Chimney Rock Village, and Lake Lure.  This summer, the WiFi networks are also being expanded to Columbus and Tryon’s Harmon Field.

More than fifty access points have been deployed in the four towns and usage is 500 percent more than originally forecast.  Since launching a year ago, the PANGAEA Public WiFi networks have averaged about 12,000 users per month.

From “News from the town of Lake Lure” newsletter