Gov. Perdue Announces $115 Million in Federal Recovery Funds to Expand Broadband Access in North Carolina

Gov. Perdue Announces $115 Million in Federal Recovery Funds to Expand Broadband Access in North Carolina.

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolina has received $115 million in five federal recovery grants to extend broadband connectivity in North Carolina. These funds will create jobs and help spur economic development through expanded access to high-speed Internet in underserved areas.  Through two rounds of recovery funding, North Carolina has received over $255 million for broadband.


“Increasing broadband access will create new jobs up front and provide a boost for local economies to create even more jobs and a better quality of life in the near future,” said Gov. Perdue. “These improvements are especially important in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina.”


The grants are part of the second round of Recovery Act funding for broadband projects from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture.  North Carolina has already received over $140 million in recovery broadband grants.  Gov. Perdue joined North Carolina’s congressional delegation in personally advocating for North Carolina’s grant applications in Washington, D.C., during the past year.


More information about the recently announced North Carolina broadband grants:

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4 Responses to Gov. Perdue Announces $115 Million in Federal Recovery Funds to Expand Broadband Access in North Carolina

  1. Mickey Gamble says:

    According to the list on her website none of this benefits the Asheville area.

    • hozae says:

      The grant would directly effect our rural areas through MCNC via NCREN initiative. I will get more specifics and information for you from ERC.

  2. It is terrific though to see any concerted effort to expand Broadband in the area, even if it is outside of Asheville. You would think that rural area improvements will indirectly help us here in Aville at some point.

  3. Hunter says:

    Actually, much of this will directly benefit Asheville. ERC Broadband is a partner to MCNC and will receive fiber on this build (from Round 1). As goes Round 2, ERC Broadband is a subrecipient to MCNC and will build roughly 105 miles of additional fiber in the region including approx 25 miles of fiber in Buncombe County.
    ERC Broadband continues its efforts to driectly support and grow the western North Carolina technology community!

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