Bridging the Homework Gap

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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

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VIDEO: WiFi En Route

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