Page ContentFebruary 9, 2017(RALEIGH) – House Bill 68 BRIGHT Futures Act offers state leaders an opportunity to address a need of critical importance for cities and towns across North Carolina. Without high-speed broadband, large areas of the state will remain disadvantaged economically, educationally and in the area of health care. Paul Meyer, Executive Director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, made the following statement regarding House Bill 68: “The North Carolina League of Municipalities applauds the sponsors of House Bill 68 for restarting a crucial policy conversation about bringing high-speed broadband to all areas of the state and is hopeful that this statewide bill can help municipalities of all sizes achieve that goal. For North Carolina cities and towns, this issue was never about who owned what. It was about providing critical 21st century infrastructure to grow local economies, help businesses expand and bring jobs to their residents.“NCLM looks forward to working with the bill sponsors in the coming weeks to bring about solutions that will help cities and towns of all sizes and all circumstances."About the LeagueThe North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.