Mountain Area Information Network

Buncombe County

In Buncombe, the service is available to all of downtown Asheville and to the surrounding area as far as 4-6 miles from the transmitter sites. Our transmitters are currently located on the Vanderbilt Building at 75 Haywood St, which broadcasts to the North and Northeast, and at the Self-Help Building to the South and West.

Anyone who can see a transmitter site (by eye, binoculars or telescope), and is within that site's broadcast region, will most likely be able to receive service even at extended distances of up to 15 miles.

MAIN is working to provide wireless Internet throughout the city of Asheville using an innovative wireless “mesh” technology. This network is currently operating in the following Neighborhoods:

  • Wall St.
  • Haywood Rd.
  • Montford
  • Mount Clare
  • Livingston St.

If you live in or near one of these neighborhoods, you might already have access to MAIN’s wireless Internet service. Visit the MAIN WiFi page to learn more.

Services and Prices
Wireless plan Residential Commercial Silver Commercial Gold*
Max. bandwidth Up to 1Mb/s Up to 1Mb/s Up to 4Mb/s
Monthly access fee $35 $45 $75
Installation fee $99** $99** $99**
Email accounts 5 10 20
Postini spam/virus filter Free Free Free
Web space 25MB 50MB 100MB
Monthly transfer limit 15GB 20GB 25GB
Backup dialup account Free Free Free

* Inquire for higher speeds – only available in some areas.

** Minimum charge includes up to 3 hours of labor and all hardware required for a basic installation. Additional time will be billed at $50/hr and cost for additional hardware, materials and labor will be due at the time of installation.

Please fill out an inquiry form to find out whether you are within range. Even if you know you are not in range, submitting an inquiry will inform us of neighborhoods with strong interest in wireless, and encourage us to build our network there. Ask your neighbors to send in their inquiries and support, too!

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