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NC Rural Center receives grant from Dogwood Health Trust to expand broadband in WNC

“The timing of this grant could not come at a more important time in North Carolina,” said Patrick Woodie, President and CEO of the Rural Center. “Properly advising and engaging our rural communities and broadband service providers will help assure no one is behind in a globally connected economy.”

Patrick Woodie

“Broadband access has an impact in every one of Dogwood Health Trust’s strategic priority areas – housing, education, economic opportunity and health and wellness,” said Dogwood CEO Dr. Susan Mims. “The issue of access, especially in rural areas, is something that no single organization can address alone, so we are delighted to support the expansion of this collaborative approach in Western North Carolina.”

Susan Mims

North Carolina will get $1.5 billion from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NITA) Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program funding.

The State of North Carolina is also managing several other initiatives that will improve broadband coverage, digital equity and digital literacy.