In 1996 during a time when internet service was still very new and unknown to the world, Wally Bowen helped to bring Asheville into the internet age. He died on Tuesday at the age of 63 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Bowen “started the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network and its sister operation, the low-powered Asheville FM radio station WPVM. He used the services to connect the community through local voices. His work was known nationally, and he was recently given the Donald H. McGannon Award from the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. for his work in building MAIN.”
He wanted to keep the internet for the people and saw the possibilities and its potential before many could fully comprehend his ideas. He was relentless in his pursuit of media fairness and was probably very moved by the amount of people that have internet access and the movements to increase this even further.