North Carolina Construction News staff writer
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded North Carolina more than $1.5 billion to fund high-speed internet infrastructure under the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.
“State and federal partnerships are critical to helping us close the digital divide and we are grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for this historic investment to expand high-speed Internet access in North Carolina,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. “Through this program, we will continue to make tremendous progress in making sure every household and business in our state is connected.”
A draft five-year plan posted online for comments until July 17. It outlines how the agency will invest BEAD funding across North Carolina. The division will submit the five-year plan to NTIA by July 29 as part of the process for North Carolina to access its allocated BEAD funding.
“We continue to work tirelessly to achieve the best return on our investment as we allocate federal resources to address unserved and underserved locations across North Carolina,” said NCDIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver. “We appreciate the strong partnerships that have helped us identify needs throughout the state so that we can take strategic steps to reach every North Carolinian.”
The BEAD program received funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Internet For All initiative. More information about the initiative and the state’s other Internet For All funding can be found on this fact sheet.
To learn more about the NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity and Cooper’s plan to close the digital divide in North Carolina, visit www.ncbroadband.go.