Get to know our Ting Works initiatives
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When we come to a town, we don’t just bring crazy fast fiber Internet and its inherent benefits. We aim to serve the community with more than just way better Internet.
We partner with Ting town community leadership, members and organizations to support important community resources. Usually, that means a free connection to the crazy fast fiber network and can also mean sponsorship, advocacy and partnering to do good in the community.
We don’t think of gigabit Internet as a luxury. We think of it as a necessary step toward a shared future and we believe in access for all.
We don’t just build a network and then retreat back to head office. We believe in becoming a part of the communities we serve.
We give gigabit
The Internet is a powerful resource. In our shared mission statement, our parent company Tucows calls the Internet “the greatest agent for positive change the world has ever known.” Better access to the Internet removes barriers and allows people to do great things. That’s why do what we can to ensure all members of the community can get access to transformative technology. Our Friends of Ting program gives gigabit access to library, community centers, non-profits, cultural centers and other community touchstones.
“A great town deserves great Internet” is more than just a pithy slogan (though it is that, if we do say so ourselves).
In Charlottesville, VA we give free gigabit to the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, the Live Arts Center, Community Bikes and more. In Westminster, MD, locals can use the gig for free in our very own Ting Makerspace. We also give the gig to the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory. In Holly Springs, NC, locals can try out the gig while they’re visiting the Holly Glen Clubhouse and Pool.
Sponsorship and support
We sponsor local programs, events, foundations, festivals, charities and public services. We support these things because they’re the backbone of a strong community. By supporting them, we are investing in the future of the towns we serve.
Ting is the key sponsor of the Carroll Biz Challenge in Westminster, a competition that gives local entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas and win start-up cash. Ting works with the Food Cupboard, a charitable organization in Holly Springs, that provides food and support to over 140 community families. In 2016, Ting raised funds for a reading room at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville. These are just a few examples.
We support and run makerspaces. Makerspaces are physical embodiments of the principles of the Internet. Makerspaces are places where people can share tools, ideas, knowledge and resources. They’re about self-reliance, community and access to technology. They’re places to meet and to make, where a tool library or a studio space, a think tank or a community center. Makerspaces are places where ideas come to life.
We support and give gigabit to Tinkersmiths, a community makerspace in Charlottesville. Tinkersmith makers belong to an open, creative, and supportive community. Makers acquire new skills, investigate ideas, prototype new products and explore science and technology.
Our Ting Makerspace in Westminster is a bustling hub where innovators, inventors, teachers, students, artisans and crafters come together to learn and make. Workshops and memberships are affordable. We invite the community over for camps, classes and contests. We’ve got a 3D scanner, a mini 3D printer, a full spectrum later, a CNC router and more, with tutorials offered to make the most of the Makerspace gear.
Advocating for the Internet
Ting is committed to the preservation of the free and open Internet. We want to see better provider options for Americans and better access for rural and less fortunate communities.
In 2017, we took part in a massive Day of Action, protesting the FCC’s initiative to abolish net neutrality. We support OpenMedia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation both financially and morally.
We don’t just believe in the open Internet. We actively support it in word and deed.
You’ll also find key members of Ting’s leadership team on panels at things like Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival, whose mission is to move people to leave a lasting legacy of creativity and innovation throughout the City.
Do good together
Want to partner with Ting or invite us to support your next community event? We’re always happy to have that conversation. Contact the Ting Marketing rep in your town or just ping us on your town’s Ting Facebook or Twitter.