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More than 70 policy-makers, educators, community leaders and stakeholders convened Wednesday to address digital inequity in North Carolina, focusing on the homework gap: the difficulty or inability of students who lack high-speed internet connectivity at home to complete homework assignments, compared to their classmates with access. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT)
Providing free wifi in your downtown can be an excellent way to encourage people to spend more time at local shops and businesses, growing local revenue and marketability. But many local communities struggle with spreading the word about this feature. Marketing your network is often just a piece of the puzzle in growing your downtown
Getting your downtown WiFi program off the ground can seem like a daunting task. You can think of every reason in the world to start, but there are so many buildings, and then paperwork, and finding funds, and wires… oh the wires. The most important step to getting started is putting together a plan. A
Since the report was released a number of years ago, the importance and value of downtown wi-fi for citizens, small businesses and visitors has only grown. NC Local governments have learned this and many more have begun offering it as a service to their citizens, visitors, and small businesses. However, since this report was released,


North Carolinians across the state are using broadband to improve their education, their businesses and their lives. This video series highlights some of the examples of broadband building better communities.

Bridging the Homework Gap

Lee County Schools is a predominantly rural district, with 70 percent of its K-12 students enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Many students do not have internet access at home, which prevents them from completing homework assignments and puts them at a disadvantage in the classroom. During the end of 2015-2016 school year, the
Yancey County, located in Northwestern NC, has a population of almost 18,000 residents, hosts three large industrial manufacturers, and supports tourism around Mount Mitchell. However, most tourists and residents could not consistently access broadband in the county due to poor availability. The county found that 64% of people surveyed were unable to receive service and

Small town manufacturing connectivity

Mars Hill, N.C. – NC Department of Information Technology Broadband Infrastructure Office spotlights the Advanced Superabrasives plant’s high-speed fiber connectivity.

VIDEO: WiFi-to-go

VIDEO: WiFi En Route