Building a New Digital Economy in NC
The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State (IEI) is addressing the digital divide across NC through a program called “Building a New Digital Economy” (BAND-NC). Students and adults who don’t have access to the internet, don’t have a computer or laptop, or don’t know how to use them – for education, work, health or connection – are at an impossible disadvantage.
Digital Inclusion – creating opportunities for everyone to access and be able to use affordable internet and devices – is more important than ever.
Our goal is to equip counties to meet needs and build more digitally equitable communities. We are working to make North Carolina the first state in the nation where every county has a digital inclusion plan.
BAND-NC provides technical assistance, training, and mini-grants to communities across the state to develop and implement digital inclusion plans.
Support has come from AT&T, the John M. Belk Endowment, CoBank, Corning Foundation, Corning Optical, Department of Information Technology, Dogwood Health Trust, Duke Energy Foundation, Focus Broadband, Google Fiber, Hillsdale Fund, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, PNC Foundation, Roanoke Cooperative, and the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.
Interested in getting started with digital inclusion planning?
Digital Inclusion Planning Guide
A helpful resource for counties and stakeholders beginning the digital inclusion planning process.
Read the Guide
Learn more about the projects working to close the digital divide.
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We have a mandate and an opportunity to connect every household in North Carolina.
Deputy Secretary for the N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Division of Broadband and Digital Equity