In 2010, North Carolina was awarded $6.6 million in federal funding, until 2014, to support its continued efforts around broadband mapping, planning, capacity building, adoption and use across the state. Specifically to:
NC Broadband Map
Continue accurate collection, validation and display of state-level data to the NC Broadband map, which will also be used toward development of National Broadband Map.
Statewide Address Files
Work with the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) to identify and apply best practices for updating online statewide address files.
Develop and test a comprehensive model program of engagement, digital literacy training, technical support, reduced-cost broadband access and computer ownership in two counties.
Work with broadband providers and local communities to examine their broadband needs and availability, build demand, identify unserved areas and determine solutions for deploying broadband and increasing adoption and use.
Target underserved communities through education, outreach, research and advocacy activities.
Hold meetings across the state to showcase local broadband deployment pilots, broadband adoption techniques, best practices and sustainability options.
Economic Development Research
Initiate a careful examination of best practices for measuring the impact of broadband deployment and capacity building on technology-based economic development.
Improve computer ownership and Internet usage of all households in North Carolina.
Enhance training, information and tool-kits/applications for small and home-based businesses.