Broadband 101 Workshop in the Isothermal Region
On February 20, 2019, NC Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office hosted a Broadband 101 Workshop in coordination with the Isothermal Regional Commission in Rutherfordton. The workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Isothermal Region with respect to broadband internet connectivity.
Broadband 101 Workshop Agenda Items included:
- What is Broadband?
- Digital Equity
- Resources and Efforts at the Federal and State Level
- Technical Overview and Barriers to Development
- Regional and Community Planning
- Connecting with Provider Partners
Click here to view the presentation materials from the Broadband 101 Workshop.
Additional links to broadband resources are below.
This program consists of an on-the-ground technical support team that is responsible for working with counties and communities across the state to provide needed broadband expertise.
FirstNetNC Office represents the State of North Carolina regarding the federal FirstNet effort, conducting education and outreach to the public safety community within the state. The state single point of contact (SPOC) acts as the primary agent bringing the concerns of North Carolina’s responders to the forefront of the effort.
The GREAT program is designed to expedite the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of Tier One counties, with transmission speeds of at least 10 Mbps download, and at least one Mbps upload. Deployment of speeds of 25:3 Mbps or greater is encouraged.
The Rural Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.