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Governor Roy Cooper today announced the launch of the state’s first digital equity grant program, which will help North Carolinians afford high-speed internet, obtain digital devices and access digital literacy resources. The multi-phased program, administered by the N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Office of Digital Equity and Literacy, will invest up to $24 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for collaborative digital equity projects.

The NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted a draft request for proposals today for public review and comment.

Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce declaring North Carolina’s intent to participate in the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s "Internet for All" initiative will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable and high-speed internet for everyone in the United States by 2030.

NCDIT Secretary James Weaver today announced Annette Taylor will join the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity on May 2 as the new director of the Office of Digital Equity and Literacy.

The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Government Data Analytics Center joined The Hunt Institute and the Office of Governor Roy Cooper in sponsoring the first-ever North Carolina Education Datathon, an event which paired teams of North Carolina students with volunteer mentors to leverage technology and data to address disparities created by the digital divide.

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will bring close to $1 billion in federal funding to help close the digital divide in North Carolina.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program has enrolled 182,473 households in the state into the federal relief program, which helps families in need pay internet bills and fully participate in the digital economy.

Gov. Roy Cooper announces the creation of Office of Digital Equity and Literacy, a first for the state and nation, to close the digital divide.

North Carolina households can get help paying for monthly internet service starting in May from a $3.2 billion federal COVID-19 relief program.

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