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NC and County Government – Improving High-Speed Internet

Now that North Carolina has ‘political will’ to implement broadband or high-speed internet throughout the state; what and when happens next?

Sadly many in rural communities can not get internet service because:

  • Internet service is not available
  • If internet service is available, the cost of internet service and/or computer equipment is prohibitive
  • Knowledge of how to use the internet is not available

In Western North Carolina, there is a broadband leadership summit on Wednesday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

See this article to learn more about the leadership summit and how you could further the ‘will’ of implementing dependable high-speed internet for Western North Carolinians.

Sessoms B. What governments are doing to bring high-speed fiber internet to rural NC. Carolina Public Press. Published April 7, 2022. Accessed April 7, 2022.

Broadband Availability Broadband in WNC Digital Divide NCDIT Survey

Slow Internet? No Internet?

Please take the Internet Connectivity Survey for NC Households and Businesses

The North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office, with the Friday Institute at NC State University, is conducting this five-minute survey to gather data on internet connectivity for North Carolina households and businesses.

The data will be used to inform research, policy and funding recommendations to assist communities where internet access is inadequate.

This survey includes an optional internet speed test. If your home or business currently has internet service, please take this survey from that location.

Your address is critical to identifying areas without adequate internet service. We ask that you provide the street address of the home or business, to help us identify areas needing improved internet access. Locations may be:

  • mapped to show unmet needs or demand for high-speed internet
  • shared with relevant internet service providers or other partners to identify service solutions
  • included in a public map, with location points buffered for privacy

Take the North Carolina Broadband Survey

  • In Spanish
  • Online
  • Via Text
  • Via Phone

Jones A. Survey could help lock federal dollars for Buncombe broadband expansion. The Asheville Citizen Times. Published March 7, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2022.

Broadband funding Broadband in WNC Dogwood Trust Grant Money GREAT Program NC BIO NCDIT WESTNGN

WNC Broadband ‘Update Table’

Five years ago, advocates convened to prepare a request for negotiations and the WestNGN entity was formed. In 2019 the WNC Broadband Project in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Asheville was incepted.

Flash forward to 2022, a Western North Carolina ‘Update Table’ is shared with the community below.

  • WNC Broadband Project Chair: Dr. William Sederburg
  • Dogwood Health Trust VP of Impact – Economic Opportunity: Sarah Thompson
  • Sara Nichols, Regional Planner at Land-of-Sky Regional Council
  • N.C. Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) guests:
    • Angie Baily, Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office within the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity
    • George Collier, NCLM Economic and Community Development Specialist
    • Ben Shelton, Project Manager at North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
  • and more…
Land of Sky WestNGN Broadband Q&A with NC Department of Information Technology

Help us advocate for reliable and fast internet in Western North Carolina.