Timeline of MAIN's Major Accomplishments (1996-2012)
- 1996: MAIN brings Internet access with a
local phone call to 12 mountain counties, including public
Internet access at more than 30 public libraries and community
centers. Expands to 14 counties in 1999.
- 1996-2000: MAIN
leads effort to create the first public, education, and
government (PEG) access TV channels in Western North
- 1999-2003: MAIN
pioneers vision for nonprofit “middle-mile” fiber-optic
infrastructure for WNC to ensure affordable bandwidth for
government, industry, and “last-mile” ISP’s.
- 2000-2003: MAIN serves on NC Rural Access Authority to promote
broadband access in rural and other underserved communities in
- 2003: MAIN launches its wireless broadband network in Madison,
Yancey, Mitchell, and Buncombe counties.
- 2003: MAIN launches its low-power FM radio station (MAIN-FM) to provide non-corporate news
and information to Asheville and WNC, including Democracy
- 2006: MAIN leads effort in the state legislature to amend the
Franchise Act to preserve and expand funding for PEG access
TV channels in North Carolina.
- 2008: MAIN represents rural
communities in unanimous vote at the FCC to approve unlicensed
use of the “TV white spaces” (TVWS) for expanded wireless
broadband service in rural and other underserved areas.
- 2010: MAIN helps pass the
Local Community Radio Act to remove restrictions on low-power
FM radio stations, paving the way for a much-improved broadcast
signal for MAIN-FM.
- 2012: MAIN launches $50,000 campaign for strategic planning,
executive director search, and initial deployment of new TVWS