NC Counties To Get $24M For Broadband Internet

The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded $24 million to a nonprofit group to attract $78 million in federal dollars for high-speed Internet access across North Carolina.

When combined with other state matching funds, the total project cost would be $111 million.

Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach says that would be the largest expenditure on expanding broadband access in North Carolina history.

The money will go to bringing more than 1,448 miles of broadband fiber to 69 counties, 67 of which are currently lagging in high-speed Internet capability.

The Research Triangle Park-based nonprofit MCNC will be in charge of the project.

Gerlach says the federal government will make its decision about the $78 million by summer.

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  • by marine mom Location: washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    I guess Obama's Stash is hard at work again..... the internet companies should be paying to run there service to these customers if they want the business.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    When you look at the picture here, on witn, that is exactly what they are doing with tax money, flushing it.....expand broadband access in rural and other underserved areas program stimulus program. There is more to this story than is being posted. I suggest you dig into it.
  • by Justice on Apr 2, 2010 at 04:01 AM
    For those in rural areas, you can get a pretty fast connection from your cell phones now, usb right into your pc. If you connect with blackberry, they have a 5gig a month limit for 15 bucks. However.... you can connect with almost any cell phone, I have a LG and i have unlimited downloads at 115kps speed at no extra cost. You have to find your software online for your pc,not that hard, but it works great. Of course its not the 400kps which you can get with broadband, but its the next best thing for people who dont have that access. Hughes is a ripoff. Check out connecting with your cell phones till u get something better.
  • by Chris Location: Hyde County on Apr 2, 2010 at 03:59 AM
    I sure hope we get it here in Hyde County. Wildblue, with Direct Tv sucks as well. It's all a rip off. I really hate it. Cost so much and the fair usage act is a pain. Don't understand why embarq/or whatever don't have it. Does it cost that much to bring it to us?
  • by hopeless Location: pitt on Apr 2, 2010 at 12:15 AM
    I dont think all the money in the world would get broadband out to where i live. I'm just out of reach of sprint err embarq err centurylink dsl coverage. I've been beggin them for years to get dsl. Sattellite is a rip off, equipment and fees are too expensive and their fair use clause is a joke. The new wireless broadband from providers like clearewire would be nice but look at their coverage map and and guess what...the areas covered already have several choices for high speed. Good affordable broadband for us rural folks would be nice....
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Apr 1, 2010 at 10:10 PM
    Golden leaf money was supposed to be for TOBACCO PRODUCING COUNTIES. Most of the money has been spent in Raleigh. This is another Democrat debacle. The board is appointed by them.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    Which counties?
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    Spend 24 million to "attract" 78 million imaginary dollars......I agree with Chuck!! Think we can all waste a few paychecks to "attract" more paychecks?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    Chuck is right! And Hughes is a big ripoff with the "FAP" reducing your high speed to less than 3 hours a day. It didn't use to be that way, but they lied to me about it for over a year before I figured out the change. Hughes was getting $70 per month from me! They had me bent over a chair for 3 years.
  • by Chuck Wiggler Location: Frogwollup, NC on Apr 1, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    It's not that I'm an OPPONENT of rural broadband, because I would love to see it, (Hughes net sux). But this is just more money from that big imaginary Poop pot in the sky. Pay-day is gonna be a mutha.

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