Rural Broadband Access

Matt Bush

A bipartisan group of Western North Carolina leaders hailed the recently passed federal infrastructure bill as a way to make significant progress on one of the region’s most pressing problems – internet access.

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A study from the North Carolina Cable Telecommunications Association finds that utility poles -- in particular, who owns them -- are holding up access to high speed internet across the state. 

Appalachian Regional Commission

The new co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission may be familiar – as is one of her goals for the people of the mountains.  

Courtesy of North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Office

Reports say that Frontier Communications will declare bankruptcy this week. Here's what that could mean for Western North Carolina: 

Frontier is one of the largest broadband providers in the region. Beyond that Frontier provides telecom services across 29 states. That’s why news that the company might file for bankruptcy is turning a lot of heads. 

Wes King is director of communications for the North Carolina Broadband Infrastructure office. 

Lilly Knoepp

North Carolina’s state budget fight is entering its second month. While Republican leaders in the General Assembly and Democratic governor Roy Cooper remain far apart on ending it, the lack of a new state budget is holding up progress on an important issue for rural parts of the state. 

 

With so much focus on how the budget standoff will play out, it’s unlikely that any more bills will be passed this session. John Coggin is the Director of Advocacy at the NC Rural Center.