Internet Access Expands in 11 NC Counties with $30 Million Grant

(WGHP) — More than 13,000 homes and 582 businesses in North Carolina will gain access to high-speed internet thanks to more than $30.8 million in grants, according to a statement from Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday.

The NC Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) has awarded the following grants to growing rural economies with access to technology (GREAT) to expand broadband infrastructure in 11 NC counties:

  • Anson County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Cabarrus County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Davie County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)
  • Iredell County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)
  • Madison County: French Broad Electric Membership Corp.
  • Polk County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Rowan County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)
  • Stokes County: RiverStreet Communications of NC, Inc. (River Street Networks)
  • Transylvania: ZITEL LLC
  • Union County: Windstream North Carolina, LLC (Windstream)
  • Yadkin County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus)

“All communities, families and businesses in North Carolina need access to reliable and affordable broadband Internet,” said Governor Cooper. “This round of grants means more North Carolinaians can take advantage of opportunities to learn, work, access healthcare and connect with the world.”

Using funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the GREAT program provides matching grants to Internet service providers and electrical membership cooperatives that can partner with individual NC counties to compete for funding to expand high-speed Internet service to non -served areas of the state.

NCDIT awarded more than $23.4 million in BIG grants to Internet service providers in 12 counties on July 18, and will continue to award the remainder of the total BIG grant of $350 million in August.

“We are excited to continue receiving these AMAZING grants as soon as possible so providers can begin connecting North Carolinas across the state to high-speed internet,” said NCDIT Secretary and Chief Information Officer of the state, Jim Weaver . “Our team continues to work to get more trade shows out the door to connect more people.”

NCDIT will share additional details on applications and individual grant awards once the review process is complete and all awards are made in August.

For more information on the NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity, click here.

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