Top7LogoSalem is a proud member of WinstonNet, a consortium of local educational institutions along with city and county government. WinstonNet provides access to Internet2 and NCREN (North Carolina Research and Education Network), a private telecommunications network serving educational institutions and government agencies in North Carolina.

Because of the technological innovations introduced by WinstonNet and other local organizations, Winston-Salem has been selected as one of the Seven top Intelligent Communities in the world in 2008 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). This organization gathers data from hundreds of communities around the world and evaluates them based on established benchmarks. For more information go to Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year