NC Gets $83 Million For Broadband Grants

North Carolina is getting $83 million in federal money to expand broadband Internet access in rural parts of the state.

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Wednesday that the federal stimulus money will be broken up into five separate grants.

The money will go to five corporations providing Internet service in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina.

All told, the grants are designed to benefit more than 80,000 residents, 37,000 businesses and 330 other community groups.

Perdue says the grants will also create jobs up front as broadband capacity is built out in areas where the service is currently hard to come by.

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  • by Bren on Aug 5, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Kevin, with all due respect, you need to get your head out of the sand. This country (true has lived beyond its means) ITS ALSO LIVED ON PLASTIC, do you honestly think these people or most of them that are being foreclosed on wanted it, Im a very conservative person, I have a fulltime job, and even with budgeting sometimes it gets tough but, I work around it. Ive never had assistance, and no I havent been foreclosed on, however, the budgeting thing works for some and not for others with the economy the way it is, and I fear people havent seen the worse. And by the way, most farmers irrigate their farms from creeks and ponds, and the pumps, they are run by diseal or gas generated motors. I just think 83 ,million dollars could be better spent.. Or had you rather that be sent as a bailout for a bank?
  • by J.D. Location: ENC on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    That works out to a little over $ 700.00 per person. But hey it is only money and it is not Bev's so what's the problem. Thanks alot.
  • by broke Location: farmville on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Just watch out--those monkeys on cocaine will surely blow this 83 mil up!!!
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Aug 5, 2010 at 04:25 AM
    This is just more out-of-control government WASTE. We have stolen 14 TRILLION DOLLARS from our children and childrens' future...we deserve to fail as a Nation, as a State, and as a People. Shame on CONgressional members, Shame on those that apply for these "grants" and shame on US for not raising HELL!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Aug 5, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    It's nice folks in the backwoods will be getting high speed internet. BUT this is 83 MILLION TAX DOLLARS going to aid a few. Besides that the cable and phone companies get the extra revenue without making capital improvements to their systems. Is this the government (DEMS) buying more votes? Don't be fooled by the appearance of good intentions in an election year.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Aug 5, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    No, what this means, Bren, is that 83 million dollars has been allocated for broadband. Everything else you said was horsepucky. If you want your water bill to go down, have farmers pay FULL RETAIL PRICE for irrigation water. If you want your electricity bill to go down, have your elected local representatives quit making ridiculous deals with power companies ( love my kinston power bill!). If you want to be able to pay a mortgage, budget yourself. This country is broke because people are choosing to live beyond their means, that is all. If you buy a house worth 100,000 dollars, and you have 50,000 equity in your home, don't run out and get a home equity loan for 250,000 dollars. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
  • by yoyo Location: windsor on Aug 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM
    Will Bertie Co. get some of this money since the Connect-Bertie deal with Centurylink fell through? Boy, free money (not) but anyway; this internet deal that went sour is what they supposedly fired the Superintendent over, now free money is coming. Boy, he has bad luck. Welcome to Bertie Co.
  • by Bren on Aug 4, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    No what this means 83 million dollars is supposedly being allocated for you to get it, this is rural north carolina, half the people here are unemployed, live from one paycheck to the other, are having houses foreclosed on, cant pay their 350. lightbills, their water bills are going up 15. more a month,and alot are having to get assistance to have groceries and medicine, come on,,,those that are getting the high speed internet through their phone service or cable are better to stick with it,, they will spend about 45 million dollars of that money to figure out who they want to supply it and where it goes and then the other will be eat up in equipment and manpower, then you ll be paying a high bill, thats why this country is broke
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    Rural broadband is sparse because it doesn't make money. It is not profitable to run cable or dsl to houses in the sticks. So here comes uncle sam with all the taxpayer dollars to pay for what a company deems unprofitable, so that the people that decided on their own to live in the country decide they don't want to pay that expensive cable or dsl bill, we can all have a good laugh about how uncle sam wastes our tax dollars.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    Why are they wasting our tax dollars on this for. More of our so called presidents give away programs. He should give himself away to some other country. Maybe Mexico. That would be so good.
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