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High-Speed Internet for Madison County

In rural North Carolina, French Broad Electric Membership Corporation will use a $3.2 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to connect 4,056 people, 189 farms, 64 businesses, and two fire stations to high-speed broadband internet in Madison County.

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Divided WNC?

What is a solution to the digital divide?

Digital Inclusion

1) Access to affordable, high-speed Internet.
2) Access to a computer or laptop
3) Digital literacy or skills

#buncombe #digitalliteracy #ruralbroadband #digitalworkplace

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NTIA’s Webinar on Business Models and Solutions for Rural Broadband

NTIA’s BroadbandUSA Program will host a webinar on Business Models and Solutions for Rural Broadband. Here is the description of their webinar program: “Rural service providers continue to deploy broadband solutions and work to close the digital divide,  developing strong local partnerships and sustainable business models. Please join BroadbandUSA for its April webinar on broadband topics of interest, which  features three providers that utilize different technologies to bring broadband solutions to their rural communities. Panelists include an electric co-op from the Virginia Piedmont, an independent telephone company serving rural areas in the Southeast, and a regional cable provider, offering a triple play of video, Internet and voice in the upper Midwest.” To register for this webinar, visit BroadbandUSA’s registration page.

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New North Carolina Grant Program to Support Broadband Access and Digital Inclusion

The ReConnect to Technological Opportunity initiative of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has announced a new grant program, Building a New Digital Economy in NC (BAND-NC).  This program will provide grants of up to $5000 to assist counties across the state in developing plans to improve broadband access and usage in their communities.  As IEI director Leslie Boney points out, “just 59 percent of people with access to broadband are subscribing to it. And with lower rates of adoption in rural counties and among lower income families, if we don’t plan now to include people digitally, those people and their communities will get further and further behind.”  Digital inclusion plans supported by this program will shape strategies to enhance digital literacy, improve broadband affordability, and expand internet use across a range of services.  To learn more, visit WRAL TechWire.

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Solving the Rural Broadband Access Challenge

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel discusses what needs to happen if we are to solve the complex problem of rural broadband access in this CNET interview. Rosenworcel explains the need for improved broadband access mapping; the importance of high-speed internet for economic development in rural communities; and role of federal subsidies to providers in funding critical rural infrastructure. To learn more, visit CNET.

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USDA Webinar for Rural Broadband Funding

In case you missed the USDA ReConnect Program webinar on funding for rural broadband, Connected Nation–an organization dedicated to broadband access, adoption, and use–is making available a recording of the webinar for interested viewers. The recording will provide an opportunity to learn about how communities can apply to the second round of ReConnect Program funding (a total of $550 million is available); hear from USDA officials how the program works; and get a sense of ways to enhance applications and improve chances of being funded. To learn more about the USDA ReConnect Program, visit Connected Nation.