Mountain Area Information Network

"Free the Airwaves" Fund Drive

In this historic election year, MAIN and WPVM have joined forces with Google and other high-tech and public interest organizations on a critical issue:

  • Solving the rural broadband problem and preserving Internet freedom

We need your help! Please do two things:

  1. Sign the petition at the Google "Free the Airwaves" site.

  2. Make a tax-deductible donation to MAIN to help us increase our advocacy work in Washington.

This battle to "Free the Airwaves" is happening NOW at the FCC!  And it is sure to come up in the new Congress early next year.

We need your tax-deductible donations to ensure that our voices are heard in Congress and at the FCC.

Please give today! With your support, we can win this battle for Internet Freedom and for a long-awaited solution to the rural broadband problem.

Current MAIN/WPVM efforts your dollars will support:

  • MAIN is working with the Media & Democracy Coalition and the Wireless Innovation Coalition to get FCC approval in October for use of the vacant TV channels, which come available next February when TV goes digital. This spectrum is critical for solving the rural broadband problem and providing a high-speed alternative to the cable and telco duopoly.

  • MAIN is working to pass the Community Radio Act in Congress, which would free the airwaves and allow WPVM to fix its signal problem – and allow more communities to launch low-power FM radio stations.

  • MAIN is working to make Asheville a “Wi-Fi City” to boost economic development, small business incubation, digital job training – and to reach low-wealth, underserved neighborhoods.

  • MAIN is perfecting one of the nation's first alternative media business models based on a simple principle: Give citizens the option of spending their Internet dollars to support local, independent media.

More on MAIN

The Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) is a non-profit, community-based provider of wireless Internet services. Since 1996, MAIN's public-service achievements include:

  • the first local Internet access in 14 counties of Western North Carolina

  • the first public Internet access in libraries and community centers in 12 counties of WNC

  • recycled computers and free or reduced-fee Internet access for more than 400 citizens with disabilities

  • helped create the local nonprofit fiber network, ERC Broadband

  • boosted disaster-recovery efforts via a pioneering partnership with local ham radio operators

  • is leading the fight in Congress and at the FCC for high-speed Internet access in rural North Carolina – and the nation

  • a national leader in preserving Internet freedom and online privacy

  • led the decade-long effort to create URTV, the first and only public access TV station in WNC

  • returned local voices to the airwaves via radio station WPVM 103.5 FM –"the Progressive Voice of the Mountains"

  • unique business model: allow citizens to spend their Internet dollars to support local voices, privacy, and community self-help.