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Community-Led Broadband

A lack of high-speed broadband is consistently the top reason local officials across North Carolina cite as holding back their local economies. Years of relying on the private sector as the sole solution to this problem has resulted in large gaps in broadband availability, in rural and urban areas alike. To keep this gap from persisting and growing, state policy must change to unleash new business models and expand broadband service to unserved areas. One promising solution backed by the League is a public-private broadband partnership model, a concept explained in depth in the League’s recent report, “Leaping the Digital Divide: Encouraging Policies and Partnerships to Improve Broadband Access Across North Carolina.”​

Municipal Equation

​Webinar Series​ ​

​​Broadband Access Meetings: Let’s Connect​

Jacksonville, Jan. 30, 2019​



NC Towns and Cities Push For Expanded Broadband (WUNC, March 21, 2018)

NC Cities Want Their Broadband Authority Clarified by State Government (March 21, 2018)

Cities have a way to expand internet access, and want the state to let them try it (News & Observer, March 22, 2018)

Report spells out strategy for how NC legislators should attack digital divide (WRAL TechWire, March 22, 2018)

Our View: Slow internet service stalls rural economic growth (Fayetteville Observer editorial, March 22, 2018)

Rural Broadband Needs Highlighted at Legislature (NC Health News, March 22, 2018)

Broadband: No silver bullet for every community, but a bullet that can kill all—doing nothing (WRAL TechWire, March 23, 2018)

Close the internet access gap in rural NC (News & Observer editorial, March 24, 2018)

North Carolina Cities Push for OK to Build, Lease Internet Infrastructure​ (Government Technology, March 23, 2018)

Slow internet speed stalls state's rural economic growth (Wilson Times, March 26, 2018)

North Carolina League of Municipalities Releases Report on Better Connectivity Through Partnerships (Muni Networks, April 3, 2018)

Digital divide in NC is a classic market failure, and requires proactive solutions (NC Policy Watch, April 4, 2018)

Sputtering debate over NC internet access may have new urgency (Carolina Public Press, April 9, 2018)

How communities across North Carolina are trying to bridge the homework gap (News & Observer, April 30, 2018)

Broadband access in North Carolina: repeal the law that blocks it (News & Observer editorial, May 5, 2018)

Michael Lazzara: Digital divide about more than minimal connections (Fayetteville Observer guest editorial, June 4, 2018)

Lobbyists and location stymie rural America's quest for broadband (Washington Examiner, July 31, 2018)

Broadband grants may spark better access, but hurdles remain (Carolina Public Press, August 1, 2018)

Leaping the Digital Divide (Southern City, March/April 2018, pg. 22)

League Unveils Broadband Report (Southern City, May/June 2018, pg. 11)

Press conference video (N.C. General Assembly, March 22, 2018)

Radio Interview (NC Policy Watch, April 30, 2018)​

Jacksonville hosts rural broadband connectivity discussion (JDNews, January 31, 2019)

National, local experts talk about improving internet access (The Stanly News & Press, January 29, 2019)