Press Releases

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

GREAT Grant Application Period Closes

The application period for the 2018 GREAT Grant program will close Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The application period for the 2018 GREAT Grant program will close Feb. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Online Portal Now Open for First-of-Kind Broadband Grant Program

Internet service providers interested in the new GREAT Grant Program can now apply for funding through an online portal, the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Office announced today.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Internet service providers interested in the new GREAT Grant Program can now apply for funding through an online portal, the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Office announced today.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

State Broadband Office Launches Broadband Grant Program

The GREAT Grant Program is a $10 million grant program that allows internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to compete for funding to lower financial barriers that prevent broadband expansion in rural communities. 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The GREAT Grant Program is a $10 million grant program that allows internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to compete for funding to lower financial barriers that prevent broadband expansion in rural communities. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Governor Cooper Calls for Improved Broadband, Cybersecurity

Modern education, health and economic systems require digital technology, Gov. Cooper said Wednesday at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. However, hundreds of thousands of people in rural North Carolina are being left behind because they lack access to reliable high-speed broadband service.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Modern education, health and economic systems require digital technology, Gov. Cooper said Wednesday at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. However, hundreds of thousands of people in rural North Carolina are being left behind because they lack access to reliable high-speed broadband service.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

WCU, Morris Broadband Partnering to Provide High-Speed Internet to Cullowhee Valley

Western Carolina University has reached an agreement with Morris Broadband to expand high-speed internet service to rural, underserved areas of the Cullowhee Valley area near campus through the use of existing power poles owned by the university’s electricity distribution service.
Thursday, August 09, 2018

Western Carolina University has reached an agreement with Morris Broadband to expand high-speed internet service to rural, underserved areas of the Cullowhee Valley area near campus through the use of existing power poles owned by the university’s electricity distribution service.

Monday, April 30, 2018

State Library, NCDIT Receive Grant to Address K-12 Homework Gap Through Broadband Adoption

Some North Carolina K-12 students without home internet access to complete assigned homework will soon receive assistance through a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant was recently awarded to the State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the N.C. Department of Information Technology.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Some North Carolina K-12 students without home internet access to complete assigned homework will soon receive assistance through a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant was recently awarded to the State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the N.C. Department of Information Technology.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

State Broadband Office Releases Community Playbook

The Community Broadband Playbook provides communities with tools, templates, examples and ideas to build broadband strategies addressing their needs.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Community Broadband Playbook provides communities with tools, templates, examples and ideas to build broadband strategies addressing their needs.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

North Carolina Signs On to Broadband Network for First Responders FirstNet Broadband Network Will Link Nation’s First Responders, Aid Communications in Disasters

AT&T will partner with FirstNet to build and operate the multimillion-dollar, high-speed wireless network as part of a federal program. The network will be designed to allow first responders to maintain communication during disasters and other large-scale events that could disable or disrupt other communication channels.  
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AT&T will partner with FirstNet to build and operate the multimillion-dollar, high-speed wireless network as part of a federal program. The network will be designed to allow first responders to maintain communication during disasters and other large-scale events that could disable or disrupt other communication channels.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Charlotte's Digital Divide Tied to Troubling Gap in Economic Mobility

A new report issued by the Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance, a group of government, education and community organizations, examines the lack of internet access and the impact in Charlotte.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A new report issued by the Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance, a group of government, education and community organizations, examines the lack of internet access and the impact in Charlotte.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

North Carolina Looks to Innovative Solutions, Partnerships to Bridge Homework Gap

More than 70 policy-makers, educators, community leaders and stakeholders convened Wednesday to address digital inequity in North Carolina, focusing on the homework gap: the difficulty or inability of students who lack high-speed internet connectivity at home to complete homework assignments, compared to their classmates with access. 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More than 70 policy-makers, educators, community leaders and stakeholders convened Wednesday to address digital inequity in North Carolina, focusing on the homework gap: the difficulty or inability of students who lack high-speed internet connectivity at home to complete homework assignments, compared to their classmates with access.