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Accomplishments
Date Accomplishments Funding Funding Source
1997 WFU intercampus network extension of a 26-mile fiber ring around Winston-Salem. Consortium of community leaders was formed and this was the beginnings of WinstonNet.   WFU
1999 WinstonNet was awarded a grant in partnership with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools through the U.S. Department of Education STARS Schools program to provide equipment necessary to connect the WS/FCS and WinstonNet to the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).   US Department of Education - STARS Grant
2001 WinstonNet incorporated as 501c3.    
2002 WinstonNet became North Carolina's first Regional High Speed Networking Hub (GigaPoP).    
2002 to
2005
In July 2003, WinstonNet dedicated its first Community Computer Lab 6/12/03 Carl Russell Community Recreation Center. From July 2003 to Jan 2005, WinstonNet opened 40 computer labs with 350+ donated computers throughout Forsyth County. $100,000 Donated resources,networking equipment and used computers from Forsyth Tech, Wake Forest University, FTCC & WFU. Computer donations from city, RJ Reynolds, Sara Lee, Nationwide Insurance and Wachovia
2005 In Jan 2005, WinstonNet was awarded Microsoft Unlimited Potential grant which provided the licensing for free software to be used in the community labs. $491,000 Microsoft Corporation
2005 In Nov 2005, with a Cisco cash grant, WinstonNet partnered with One Economy, national non-profit, to build a local community resource portal - The Beehive $30,000 Cisco grant
2005 WinstonNet's GigaPoP upgraded to 1GB.    
2006 Forsyth County Library partnered with WinstonNet on a 3-yr. grant to develop a sustainable computer training program - Computer Training Bridge $200,000 State Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to Forsyth County Library - WN supported grant
2007 In July 2007, WinstonNet was awarded a Business Education Technology Alliance (BETA) funding to support a state-wide effort to connect K-16 public schools to the NC Research and Education Network (NCREN) $296,000 State of North Carolina - BETA funds
2008 WinstonNet recognized as one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an international thinktank.    
2010 Microsoft grant for software licensing with the new lab upgrades $1,303,937 Microsoft Corporation
2010 to
2013
WinstonNet awarded a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP)grant(PCC) to upgrade their 40 labs $926,537 US Department of Commerce - National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
2010 to
2013
WinstonNet awarded another Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grant (SBA) for Sustainabile Broadband Adoption to support training and solutions for home Internet connections to underserved populations in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County $1,064,062 US Department of Commerce - National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) - (OneCommunity)
2011 WinstonNet awarded a Winston-Salem Foundation grant to support a project manager for the computer lab upgrade $81,5000 Winston-Salem Foundation - Charles Babcock, Jr. Discretionay Fund.
2014 WinstonNet awarded an AT&T Grant for digital literacy training/home computers for students. $5,000 AT&T Community Grant
2014 to
2016
WinstonNet awarded a Winston-Salem Foundation grant to expand Executive Director position (3 year grant) $76,000 Winston-Salem Foundation - Community Grant
2015 WinstonNet awarded Kate B. Reynolds Trust grant to upgrade WiFi Network in computer labs $49,000 Kate B. Reynolds Trust
2015 WinstonNet in partnershipe with Kramden Institute awarded grant from Wells Fargo for "Geek A Thon". $5,000 Wells Fargo
2016 WinstonNet awarded United Way Grant for NETT Program (Neighborhoods Empowered Through Technology) for digital literacy training and a refurbished home computers for 100 students. $43,950 United Way Place Matters Initiative
2016 WinstonNet awarded an AT&T Grant for digital inclusion project $5,000 AT&T Community Grant
2016 WinstonNet in partnershipe with Kramden Institute awarded grant from Wells Fargo for "Geek A Thon" $5,000 Wells Fargo
$4,681,986