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First in Future: Senior Vice President of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives Nelle Hotchkiss

Summary: In the 90s, it was recommended that every resident state should have access to affordable high-speed internet. General thinking was that with broadband speeds and quick shipping pickup, a rural business could sell products all over the world, a worker could learn online to advance their skills or students could do homework with research from around the world at their fingertips. This week’s First in Future guest is Nelle Hotchkiss, Senior Vice President of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, and she talks about how the state’s electric membership solved a very similar problem 90 years ago of getting much needed resources to rural NC. Listen and learn a little bit more about broadband, workforce development, volunteerism and entrepreneurship.

This installment of First in Future is part of a special TV series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV, and is recorded in UNC-TV’s Studios. Taped segments will air on the North Carolina Channel. Visit for specific air dates.

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