Community Development Economic Development Rural

The value and cost of broadband access: the lessons of two stories

Leslie Boney, the Director of the NC Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) and organizer of ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity, a five-city initiative to expand access to and the use of high-speed internet, tells the stories of a North Carolina farmer and businessman, both of whom have engaged this critical technology to benefit their work and strengthen their communities. Boney notes that for some, the benefits of internet access may not seem worth the cost; however, as he also observes in these two stories, new ways of putting broadband to work can often yield powerful outcomes. To read more, visit the IEI’s Director’s Log.

Community Development Digital Divide

ReConnect to Technological Opportunity

ReConnect to Technological Opportunity, a project of North Carolina’s Institute for Emerging Issues, leverages the skills and resources of five communities across the state (including Asheville) to shape strategies that bridge the digital divide, to promote both economic and community development. To learn more, see IEI’s ReConnect to Technological Opportunity.