SUPPORTING STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, FIRST RESPONDERS, & BUSINESSES
HELPING COMMUNITIES DEVELOP AN INTEGRAL PART OF 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
Broadband is another term for bandwidth, or the amount of data that can be sent through a connection to access high-speed Internet. The more bandwidth, the more information a user can send or receive at any given time. Broadband is an integral part of building a 21st century technology infrastructure that supports students, educators, first responders, and businesses.
Every K – 12 school in the state has high-speed Internet access, and 98% are served by dedicated fiber. Today, North Carolina is adapting to the changing demands of technology by extending Wi-Fi access to classrooms to support digital learning. To complete the recommendations of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, BIO will develop a plan to provide Internet access to all underserved homes to facilitate student access beyond the schoolhouse.
STATE BROADBAND PLAN
Develop a guiding document intended to inform policy makers as they create, implement and impact policies on the deployment, adoption and use of digital Infrastructure and broadband enhance economic development, education, public safety and government efficiency
Analyze and develop recommendations to incentivize and increase adoption with the idea that if they demand it, it will come
STATE AGENCY COORDINATION
Lead a state multi-agency planning group-NC Broadband Interagency Group (NCBIG) a multi-agency effort to align technology infrastructure goals among the cabinet and other agencies
Develop and provide a County Index Rating tool to identify areas of need based on infrastructure, adoption rates and community readiness. Research, inform & assist communities through established grant programs, relationships with federal and NGOs or private foundations, & finding or creating grant opportunities for a “last mile” pilot