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 comes from ATMC, Duke Energy, CoBank, Corning Foundation, Corning Optical, Dogwood Health Trust, Google Fiber, Hillsdale Foundation, John M. Belk Endowment, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, PNC Foundation, Roanoke Electric Cooperative, and the SECU Foundation.
Interested in getting started with digital inclusion planning?
Our goal is to help all counties in North Carolina develop sustainable strategies to close the digital divide and equip them with the tools to implement those strategies.
BAND-NC Program Director
Foothills Regional Commission launches digital inclusion planning process
Institute for Emerging Issues announces next round of BAND-NC grant recipients, supporting digital equity across NC
Dogwood Health Trust pledges $2 million to support the Institute for Emerging Issues’ effort to increase digital literacy and access across North Carolina.
Support Digital Equity in NC
Maggie Woods, BAND-NC Program Manager