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Three cheers for Champion Brewing Company

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Even before he got into home-brewing as a hobby, Hunter Smith thought it would be great to own and operate a brewery one day. Like many craft brewers, he says, he began with home-brewing and worked his way into the business, driven by “punk rock values” and sincere passion.

And business is good when the business is good beer.

As one of Virginia’s fastest-growing breweries, Champion Brewing Company has to brew a lot of beer to keep up with demand. In fact, they brew over 10,000 barrels a year, and delivering the best and freshest product is something Champion Brewing takes seriously. That’s where Ting’s crazy fast Internet comes in.

If you’re ever in Charlottesville, make sure you visit the historic Downtown Mall and stop by their tap room. And if you’re a local business here in Holly Springs, reach out and tell us your story. Maybe we’ll pop in for a visit! Leave a comment below or email marketing@ting.com.

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Smart TVs vs. streaming set top boxes

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We are often asked if those new to cord cutting should purchase a smart TV or a set top streaming box. It can be confusing when looking at all the options; not only are there a wealth of set top boxes to choose from but there are also an abundance of smart TV brands to consider.

If you are happy with the TV you currently own, there is no reason to buy a new TV simply to have access to streaming apps because set top boxes (STBs) can do that. But if you’re in the market for a new TV anyway, there are several arguments for, and against, buying a smart TV. This week, we offer a few tips and things to consider that might help you decide whether to purchase a smart TV or a, for want of a better word, “dumb” TV with a separate STB.

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Tell us where to go, Holly Springs

Coming into the new year, we wanted to share a bit about our plans for bringing crazy fast fiber Internet to Holly Springs homes and businesses.

Our work in coming to Holly Springs lives and dies by the people of Holly Springs. That is to say, if people express interest by pre-ordering, plunking down $9 to commit to installation of gigabit fiber Internet from Ting early in the process, we’ll be in a place to start construction sooner as opposed to later.

Obviously, the small individual monetary commitment we’re asking for isn’t going to make a material difference in the finances of the network build in Holly Springs (that’s our long winded way of saying we’re not hard up for cash). Rather, the $9 pre-order commitment helps us gauge where the most serious interest lies. Consider the $9 as your vote to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting in your neighborhood first.

Speaking of which, you might want to get your neighbors in this. There’s a real opportunity here to guide the first phases of the network roll-out. Also, and not to overstate things here, building networks is expensive. We need to see some real, tangible interest in a particular neighborhood before we break ground there.

Come on up and see us sometime

In this new year, we’ll look to make Holly Springs home. That means office space, perhaps retail space and people on the ground too. In the interim, we’ll be planning a lot of visits.

Our next visit will coincide with the last day of the Community Arts Festival on February 6 from 10am to 3pm at the Cultural Center. We’d love to meet you in person, have a chat and answer any questions. We will also have a few questions of our own and we’d love it if you’d introduce us to some of the things you love about Holly Springs.

Back to the office

We’re working with the town as we lay out our plans to build the gigabit fiber Internet network in Holly Springs. It’s a complex process and requires a lot of work before any fiber is laid. That said, it’s a process we have experience with and that we are comfortable navigating.

We expect to have some firm network plans to share by the end of this calendar quarter so please stay tuned. You can follow our efforts here in Holly Springs on this blog as well as on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also sign up for email updates.

A great town deserves great Internet, and we’re really excited to be starting this journey here in Holly Springs.

Smart TVs are a cord cutter’s dream at CES

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While at CES, we saw a lot of amazing smart tech, but what really stood out most for us was the range of Smart TVs for cord cutters from manufacturers old and new. Because they are just as powerful as streaming set top boxes, Smart TVs can be a great option and a possible gateway for cord cutting newbies.

This week, we take a look at the two hottest categories for Smart TVs in 2016.

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Holly Springs/Ting mentioned in News & Observer

The News & Observer published an article recapping the stories that dominated 2015. In it, they highlight some of the positive changes and growth happening in western Wake County, including a mention of Ting bringing crazy fast fiber Internet to Holly Springs this year. From new schools, renovations and new developments, to the job boom Holly Springs is experiencing, you’ve got a lot to be excited about. We’re excited too!

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Holiday party ideas for cord cutters

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The holidays are almost here, and for many people that means entertaining in their home. Televisions have become a focal point in many homes, and when you’re entertaining guests, they are often powered off.

Rather than leaving a big blank space in the living room, why not use your TV as a centerpiece to bring one more fun element to your holiday party? We’ve got a few ideas for you.

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