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.