Areas of ENC among those receiving a share of $80 million for high-speed Internet

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FILE- An Internet router and switch are displayed in East Derry, NH, June 19, 2018. President Joe Biden is expected to announce his administration’s plans on Monday, June 26, 2023, to distribute billions of dollars budgeted by Congress to bring the Internet to every household and small business in the United States (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

RALEIGH, NC Across North Carolina, 25,825 households and 862 businesses in 33 counties will have high-speed Internet thanks to nearly $80 million in additional grants for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT), announced Thursday Governor Roy Cooper.

We want all North Carolinas to be connected to high-speed internet so they can take full advantage of digital opportunities for work, learning, health and more, Cooper said. These grants will fund projects in communities in all corners of our state so more families and businesses have access to reliable and affordable broadband.


NC Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) Office of Broadband Infrastructure, Part of the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity, Awarded BIG Grants for Broadband Infrastructure Deployment in the following counties:

  • Alamance County: Bellsouth Telecommunications, LLC (AT&T North Carolina)
  • Beaufort County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Bertie County: Roanoke Connect Holdings (Fybe)
  • Bladen County: Star Telephone Membership Corp (Star Communications)
  • Buncombe County: Skyrunner Inc.
  • Burke County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Caldwell County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Caswell County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Catawba County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Chatham County: Bellsouth Telecommunications, LLC (AT&T North Carolina)
  • Cherokee County: CND Acquisition Corporation
  • Chowan County: ATMC (Broadband Focus)
  • Clay County: EMC of Blue Ridge Mountain
  • Duplin County: Hosted America LLC
  • County Durham: NC Communications Advanced Services, LLC (Lumos)
  • Graham County: Zito West Holding, LLC
  • Greene County: Infinity Link Communications Inc.
  • Guilford County: NC Communications Advanced Services, LLC (Lumos)
  • Halifax County: Connect Holding II LLC (Brightspeed)
  • Jackson County: Western Balsam
  • Lee County: Ting Fiber Inc.
  • Macon County: Western Balsam
  • Montgomery County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Moore County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Nash County: Connect Holding II LLC (Brightspeed)
  • Perquimans County: ATMC (Broadband Focus)
  • County in Person: Connect Holding II LLC (Brightspeed)
  • Pitt County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications)
  • Swain County: Cherokee Cablevision, Inc.
  • Transylvania County: telephone company for citizens
  • Wake County: Connect Holding II LLC (Brightspeed)
  • Warren County: Zitel LLC
  • Wayne County: NC Communications Advanced Services, LLC (Lumos)

These latest grants awarded are in addition to more than $269 million total awarded in 2022 to connect 117,405 households and businesses. The GREAT grant program, established in 2018 as part of Governor Roy Coopersfloorto bridge the digital divide, is a competitive program that provides matching grants to Internet service providers who can partner with individual North Carolina counties to expand high-speed Internet service to unserved areas of the state.

This grant program is already set to bring high-speed Internet to numerous families and businesses across North Carolina, and we are pleased that we will now reach even more underserved areas, said the NCDIT secretary and Chief Information Officer of the NCDIT. State Jim Weaver. These grants are just one of the many ways we’re working to expand internet access and ensure digital equity.

As part of the eligibility requirements for the federally funded GREAT grant, all Internet service provider applicants must participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to offer eligible low-income families a $30/month discount on Internet service high-speed or provide access to a comparable low-cost program. Learn more about reliable, high-speed $30/month Internet packages offered by Internet service providers atgetinternet.gov.

NCDIT has now awarded all $350 million in available American Rescue Plan Act funding for the GREAT grant program. For this round of funding, the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity reviewed a total of 104 eligible applications in 58 counties.

Grants are awarded to the highest ranked Internet provider that has applied in each county based on the number of households and businesses it aims to serve, the average cost to serve those locations, and the speeds offered, among other applied criteria From law.

Applicants must agree to provide high-speed service, defined as a minimum of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload, scalable to 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload by December 31, 2026. All awards are contingent on final grant agreements concluded with broadband provider partners. The division plans to award additional awards to the remaining counties using additional federal funds later this month.

For more information about NCDIT’s Division of Broadband and Digital Equity and Governor Coopers’ plan to bridge the digital divide, visitwww.ncbroadband.gov.

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