Other North Carolina Projects

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awarded more than $7 billion to projects across the country to improve broadband infrastructure, public outreach for broadband (including broadband adoption), public safety networks and public access computer centers.

View Map of NC Projects

Eighty-one North Carolina counties received more than $250 million to fund various projects across the state. Below is an outline of tasks associated with e-NC’s federal grant (through the State Broadband Data and Development Program) followed by a complete list of North Carolina BTOP and BIP grant awardees.

NC Broadband, a Division of the NC Department of Commerce
$8,313,545 (Federal grant + match funds)

Counties: Statewide

Summary: This award of more than $8.3 million will be used to support NC Broadband's continued efforts around broadband planning, mapping and capacity building. Specifically to:

  • Continue accurate collection, validation and display of state-level data to North Carolina Broadband map that will also be used toward the development of a National Broadband Map.
  • Partner with the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) to identify and apply best practices for updating statewide address files.
  • Build capacity, particularly in underserved communities, through programmatic, outreach, research and advocacy activities.
  • Hold Statewide Broadband Summits to showcase local broadband deployment pilots, broadband adoption techniques, best practices and sustainability options.
  • Roll out a Technical Assistance Program to support extension of on-the-ground technical assistance and research.
  • Update on-line training, information and tool-kits/applications for small and home-based businesses.
  • Initiate a careful examination of best practices for measuring the impact of broadband deployment and capacity building on community and economic development.
  • Improve computer ownership and Internet usage.
  • Develop a comprehensive pilot program that will offer qualifying citizens in three economically distressed counties a comprehensive program of engagement, digital literacy training, technical support, subsidized equipment and broadband access.


**NOTE: Descriptions below are based on original applications submitted by awardees. This information is subject to change as contracts are negotiated and projects evolve.

BTOP ROUND 1

MCNC
Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (Middle Mile)
$28,225,520

Counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Davie, Jackson, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, Carteret, Craven, Johnston, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Buncombe, Catawba, Cleveland, Haywood, Iredell and Lincoln

Summary: MCNC will build a sustainable middle-mile broadband network connecting urban central N.C. with underserved rural southeastern and western NC. The project addresses statutory goals by improving affordability and access for education, health care, community institutions and last-mile providers. Led by a proven team, the project is shovel ready and is supported by an $11.76M cash and in-kind match.

Mitchell County Historic Courthouse Foundation
Public Computing Project
$239,194

Counties: Mitchell

Summary: In collaboration with Mitchell County Public Library and Mayland Community College, the Center will provide access to broadband programs and services that will address specific educational and communication needs of displaced workers, farmers, high school dropouts, residents wanting college courses, health care workers, EMS personnel, educators, government officials and small business owners.

One Economy Corporation
Sustainable Broadband Adoption
$1,496,838

Counties: Wake

Summary: One Economy, the Broadband Opportunity Coalition and a diverse team of partners, propose to increase adoption rates among the unserved and underserved through a comprehensive and integrated program that includes digital literacy, online content, affordable connectivity and public education. The goal is to overcome barriers to adoption and maximize the opportunities inherent in the technology itself.

Fayetteville State University
Public Computing Project
$1,012,401

Counties: Cumberland

Summary: The purpose of this activity is to educate vulnerable populations about broadband, provide training access and equipment and support FMHA and FSU in providing these services. Services provided will address economic growth and job creation in Fayetteville, North Carolina.


BTOP ROUND 2

City of Charlotte
Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (Public Safety)
$16,702,490

Counties: Mecklenburg

Summary: This approximately $16.7 million award will allow public safety entities in the city to deploy an interoperable wireless public safety broadband network in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County area. The project plans to construct 24 new wireless towers to complement six existing towers on the network, and bring over 11,000 public safety end users onto the system. As many as 890,000 people stand to benefit from this project.

MCNC
Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (Middle Mile)
$75,757,289

Counties: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Scotland, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wilson, and Yancey

Summary: MCNC’s round two program is entitled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). The GLRBI bridges the prosperity gap by delivering broadband infrastructure to rural NC. It addresses the gap by building both middle mile infrastructure and direct connections to Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in the rural northeast, north central, northwest and south central portions of NC. In these 69 counties there are 5.9M residents, and 67 of the 69 counties fully qualify as underserved per the NTIA definition or have smaller underserved pockets within them. There are a total of 4,066 CAIs, including 1,718 K12 schools, 61 community college main/satellite campuses and 33 baccalaureate degree granting 4 year colleges and universities. In addition there are 254 public libraries, and 1,887 municipal, county and state public safety facilities. A comprehensive set of economic, education and public health statistics are included in the upload section. The GLRBI application included over 120 support letters from elected officials, education leaders, members of the governor's cabinet and counties along the build.

Olive Hill Community Economic Dev. Corp.
Public Computing Project
$448,742

Counties: Burke

Summary: This project will provide comprehensive broadband access, academic classes, and training for job-skills development, educational attainment, and business creation to underserved and vulnerable populations in eastern Burke County, an area experiencing high unemployment (over 14 percent), low educational attainment (32.4 percent of adults have not graduated from high school), and poor social service infrastructure. The program funds a public-private partnership to redevelop the former Waldensian Mills textile plant in downtown Valdese, North Carolina.

WinstonNet
Public Computing Project
$926,537

Counties: Forsyth

Summary: This approximately $926,000 award, with $696,000 in matching contributions, will allow WinstonNet to improve broadband access for communities with the greatest need in Forsyth County, NC. The project plans to upgrade public computers workstations and provide new equipment for 38 public computer centers.

NC Central School of Law
Public Access Computer Center
$2,000,000

Counties: Statewide (NC Historical Black Colleges)

Summary: North Carolina Central University’s School of Law will receive a nearly $2 million grant to upgrade broadband service while expanding access to its legal education programs. The project will use videoconferencing to bring low-income residents greater access to legal services and extend classes to four partner Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 22 legal assistance sites. The project also plans to hold legal writing seminars for undergraduates to better prepare them for law school and increase minority representation in the legal profession, as well as to provide legal classes geared towards middle and high school students.


BIP ROUND 1

Skyline Membership Corporation
Last Mile Project
$28,985,294 (70% grant, 30% loan) – NC/Tennessee project w approx 93% in NC

Counties: Alleghany, Ashe

Summary: Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation; High Country Fiber: $8,695,588 loan and $20,289,706 grant. This funding will substantially expand the provision of advanced fiber-to-the-home services via a fiber optic network with combined speeds exceeding 20 mbps to households, local businesses and anchor institutions in Alleghany and Ashe counties in rural, northwestern North Carolina.

French Broad Electric Membership Corp.
Last Mile Project
$1,775,692 (65% grant, 35% loan)

Counties: Madison

Summary: French Broad Electric Membership Corp.; French Broad Electric BPL Project: $621,492 loan $1,154,200 grant and $216,615 in private investment. This project provides broadband internet access to Spring Creek, Laurel, Beech Glenn and areas of Marshall and Mars Hill, North Carolina. The technologies used include fiber optics as the middle mile backhaul, and broadband-over-power lines as the last mile medium to provide service to the subscriber. This technology combination utilizes existing infrastructure, and minimizes project cost.

Utopian Wireless Corporation
Last Mile Project
$460,993 (75% grant, 25% loan)

Counties: Columbus

Summary: This $460,000 award to Utopian Wireless Corporation will bring WiMax infrastructure to rural communities in and around Riegelwood, NC and will provide broadband access to underserved household and businesses. The Utopian Wireless Corporation's project stands to benefit approximately 3,000 people, 450 businesses, and 30 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development.

Country Cablevision Inc.
Last Mile Project
$25,297,000 (75% grant, 25% loan)

Counties: Mitchell, Yancey

Summary: The YMRB project, using this award of $25.3 million, will promote social and economic development in a rural, economically distressed area of North Carolina by delivering critical digital services (TV, data and Voice Over Internet Protocol). More than 33,000 people, approximately 1,900 local businesses and 120 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development.

Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp.
Last Mile Project
$16,003,418 (70% grant, 30% loan)

Counties: Columbus

Summary: Through this award of $16 million, Columbus County ACCESS will provide an all Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network for high-capacity data, voice, and video services to critical community facilities and public safety entities. More than 8,700 people, approximately 270 local businesses and 35 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Wilkes Telecom, Inc.
Last Mile Project
$21,611,000 (70% grant, 30% loan)

Counties: Wilkes

Summary: This $21.6 million award to Wilkes Telecom, Inc. will provide last mile fiber optic high speed broadband, video, and voice services to underserved rural areas in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Wilkes Telecom's project stands to benefit approximately 8,500 people, 3,300 businesses, and 45 other community institutions. Wilkes Telecommunications estimates that this project will directly create at least 160 jobs upfront and help drive economic development.

Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation
Last Mile Project
$19,947,739 (75% grant, 25% loan)

Counties: Robeson

Summary: This $19.9 million award to Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation will provide an advance Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services via a high speed fiber optic network designed for speed up to 100 megabytes per second to end users in our rural proposed funded service area. Lumbee River Electric's project stands to benefit approximately 27,000 people, 1,600 businesses, and 100 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation
Last Mile Project
$21,668,232 (50% grant, 50% loan)

Counties: Yadkin, Davie, and portions of Iredell and Alexander

Summary: This approximately $21 million award, will allow Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation to offer a diverse Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network to areas of six counties in the Piedmont area of western North Carolina. Approximately 12,803 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 606 businesses and 56 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will support upfront, it will provide a foundation for economic growth and job creation for decades to come.

Tri-County Telephone Membership Corporation
Last Mile Project
$14,147,215 ($10,610,410 grant, $3,536,805 loan, $2,000,000 match)

Counties: Beaufort, Hyde, Washington

Summary: This approximately $14.1 million award, matched by more than $2 million in private contribution, will allow Tri-County Telephone to offer broadband service using FTTP technology in northeast Beaufort County and parts of Hyde and Washington Counties. This project will deploy an advanced fiber optic network with inherent capability to deliver broadband service speeds of 80 Mbps. Approximately 10,780 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 889 businesses and 32 community institutions. In addition to the more than 27 jobs the company estimates this project will create upfront, it will provide a foundation for economic growth and job creation for decades to come.

The following are multi-state broadband recovery projects that could have an impact on North Carolina:

University Corp. for Advanced Internet Development
$62,540,162

Summary: Internet2 and NLR – both non-profit organizations – propose the creation of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN). This national-scale network will construct the middle mile essential to connect all community anchor projects funded by BTOP with one another and with more than 66,000 other anchors, to ensure a seamless national fabric of high-performance, open networks.

Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.
$14,988,657

Summary: Project Endeavor seeks to promote broadband adoption and educate 200,000 deaf/hard hearing consumers about the benefits of having broadband through an awareness and outreach campaign. The goal is to sign up 16,000 broadband users, offer discounted mini-notebooks and broadband connections to income-eligible consumers and employ 60 tiered support staff in a specialized CSD contact center.


* This list was compiled with assistance from the NC Office of Economic Recovery and Investment. For more information, visit www.ncrecovery.gov.

"U.S. households that use the Internet save nearly $8,400 per year."

- Internet Innovation Alliance