North Carolina Broadband Bill to Help Rural Areas

Published by News 13 WLOS on May 31, 2019 By Rex Hodge SWAIN COUNTY, N.C.–Getting broadband to rural areas like our mountains takes a big step forward in Raleigh. The House signed off on a Senate bill that facilitates high speed internet access through electric cooperatives’ infrastructure.That would mean quicker internet speeds for places like Darnell Farms in Swain county. …

UPDATE: List of States Funding Rural Broadband Gets Even Longer

by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Bowing Green, KY (May 14, 2019) – Earlier this month, Connected Nation took a closer look at the action states are taking to expand rural broadband access. Many state lawmakers are choosing to move forward now rather than wait for federal funding. Less than two weeks later, we can add nearly another …

Why Broadband Access Is More Than An Urban vs Rural Issue

Published by The Hill on May 13, 2019 By G.K. Butterfield  The Internet provides practically infinite economic and educational opportunities for users throughout the world. In our increasingly digital society, one’s ability to utilize the Internet bears greatly on their potential for individual success and upward mobility. Though high-speed Internet has propelled the 21stcentury economy forward, it hasn’t taken every …

North Carolina awards $9.8M in grants to boost rural Internet speeds

Published by WRAL TechWire on May 8, 2019 RALEIGH – North Carolina is looking to boost Internet speeds in 19 rural counties with nearly $10 million in matching grants. The grants are to assist 14 companies improve broadband for some 10,000 households plus almost 600 businesses and community institutions. Fourteen companies will receive the grants, 11 of them being based …

Lawmakers look for ways to reduce barriers to rural broadband

Published by North Carolina Health News on May 1st, 2019 By Taylor Knopf Decades ago, companies and local governments worked to bring electric, water and sewer to the rural communities of North Carolina. Now those organizations want to work together to provide the same access to broadband, something that’s increasingly being seen as the  next “standard utility.” But getting high-speed …

Leaders demand more rural broadband access; Governor says time to ‘force this to happen’

Published by WRAL TechWire on March 27, 2019 By Mindy Hamlin  RALEIGH – Broadband was the word of the day at the North Carolina Rural Center’s Rural Day. More than 600 state and local leaders and community advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh yesterday to discuss broadband, as well as health and small business development as priorities for growth and success …