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Cooper’s Strong Proposal for Broadband Expansion In Your Area

Raleigh, N.C.

Governor Cooper’s Common Ground Solutions budget included $20 million to improve internet access and service to households and businesses in underserved areas of North Carolina. Of that $20 million, $14.5 million would create a grant program to help local governments partnering with private providers and utility cooperatives complete ‘last mile’ broadband projects.

Newly released information from the Broadband Infrastructure Office identified at least 16 last-mile and middle-mile broadband projects across the state that could compete for this funding. If approved, these projects could provide needed internet access to thousands of North Carolinians and spur economic development.

“Broadband access is a must for economic success in our rural communities,” said Governor Cooper. “We have already seen how access to high-speed internet has allowed business in rural areas to thrive. We cannot deprive rural North Carolinians of this vital tool for competition in a global marketplace.”

Below are last mile broadband projects that could be submitted for completion with the broadband funding in Governor Cooper’s budget.

County

Broadband project description

Chatham County

Strowd Mountain fixed wireless project for unserved community

Watauga County

Deep Gap/Powder Horn Mountain, wired access for approximately 200 homes without service

Stanly County

MCNC middle-mile extension to Albemarle and Pfeiffer University

Avery County

Fixed wireless residential service for unserved homes in the southern and western areas of the county

Graham County

Fixed wireless project to serve 3,000 unserved and underserved households

Jackson County

Fixed wireless project to connect 5 communities and approximately 2,000 unserved or underserved households

Swain County

County wide wireless project to enhance residential and small business connectivity

Lee County Schools

Home connectivity pilot expansion to provide home access to unserved students

Lenoir County

Coverage for unserved residents in Pink Hill

Nash County

County-wide wireline connectivity for unserved or underserved residents

Chowan County

Enhance wireless coverage for unserved residents

Jackson County

Fiber to the home deployment for more than 3,500 households and businesses

Alexander County

County-wide Fiber to the home deployment for households and businesses

Polk/Rutherford County

County-wide deployment to unserved and underserved households and businesses

Madison County

Fiber to the home deployment to unserved and underserved households and businesses

Haywood County

Fiber to the home deployment to unserved and underserved households and businesses

*Source: Broadband Infrastructure Office records on last-mile projects in need of funding