You may have heard about GREAT grants for Broadband Expansion. Current legislators want to take credit for grants being awarded to WNC, but let's give credit where credit is due.
"GREAT" stands for "Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology" and is part of the NC Dept of Informational Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office. They've been awarding grants for years, but the surge is because of increased funding provided by the FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT. Thank you, Biden Administration and US Congressional Democrats. Thank you, everyone who completed last year's broadband survey. Thank you, media outlets, Chambers of Commerce, and other entities who promoted this survey. Together, WE are making life better for the people of WNC and beyond.
FYI-Though state legislatures are celebrating a victory they did nothing to earn, let's remember that applying for grants and being awarded grants are not the same. Keep reading to find out what's keeping WNC from full access.
Broadband Hindrances & Solutions
Even though a lot of money has been invested/allocated for broadband expansion, especially recently, legislative hindrances are keeping that money from accomplishing its purpose in WNC.