County Manager Jaime Laughter said the county has been working on broadband efforts within the very limited abilities state statutes give counties.
Those efforts include:
•Providing free Wi-Fi at nine community centers
•Working with WEST NGN through Land of Sky on regional broadband opportunities.
The county is currently a part of an ARC Grant to solicit better service for the Balsam Grove Community Center.
Through this effort, the county also has worked to show the speeds and affordability needs communities have to companies.
•The county is advocating through the North Carolina County Commissioner Association at the state level for better tools for broadband access. Both funding for broadband initiatives and state law changes to empower communities to introduce competition and expand access are at the top of the association’s legislative goals.”