Asheville Google fiber-network initiative launches Asheville-O-Vision library of videos

Now you can settle back and enjoy scores of Asheville-centric videos, most of which take up some aspect of why it’s a Google-no-brainer to make Asheville the test bed for its high-speed Internet project.

Go here to see the extent of Asheville-O-Vision’s video library.

Here are a few samplers:




… and when you’ve had your fill of Google talk, you can forget about the fiber race, and simply enjoy Asheville-O-Vision’s take on what makes Asheville so special.


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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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4 thoughts on “Asheville Google fiber-network initiative launches Asheville-O-Vision library of videos

  1. Bucky Moog

    Please fix the typo in the headline! Thanks for featuring my Asheville-O-Vision channel.

  2. I went to the Google website and nominated Carson City Nevada because there is no intelligent life in WNC. Carson City has legal prostitution and medical marijuana and a far higher proportion of overpopulation activists. So I am planning to move there. Beam me up Scotty!

  3. hauntedheadnc

    Oh Ditmore, you [i]outdid[/i] yourself with your letter-to-the-editor in today’s (Mon. 03/29) Citizen-Times! You’ll undoubtedly be much happier in Carson City, but we’ll certainly miss you here. After all, bats are great for insect control and the flock that flies in and out of your ears keeps Leicester bug-free like none other.

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