Check out these resources for more information on broadband and the digital divide.
West Next Generation Network (WestNGN) is a collaborative effort hosted by Land of Sky Regional Planning Council (landofsky.org). WestNGN has operated in two stages, and a description of the two stages was made available to 2019 conference attendees (Land of Sky Regional Broadband Summary PDF).
Presentations and Reports from WestNGN Initiative
The Education and Research Consortium (ERC) is a non-profit organization that provides “middle mile” fiber networks to governmental and non-profit organizations in Western NC. Visit ercwnc.org
Southwestern Commission— a regional planning agency for the southwest corner of NC
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency federally chartered to assist Appalachian-defined states and counties, including many counties in western NC.