North Carolina provides grant opportunities for communities to receive funding for broadband. As part of a continue snippet series of videos, Representative Jake Johnson discusses the GREAT grant.
The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of economically distressed counties. The grants help bring high-speed internet to thousands of North Carolinians, businesses and farms in the most rural and remote areas of the state. These areas include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties as well as rural census tracts located in development Tier 3 areas that are currently served by less than 25 megabytes per second download and 3 megabytes per second upload speeds.
The grants are available to private broadband service providers and are designed to connect these areas with broadband as quickly as possible.https://www.ncbroadband.gov/grants/great-grant
The WNC Broadband Project (Project) aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.
It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.
As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.
The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.
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