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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.

Digital Inclusion Planning

Resources and information to help you with digital inclusion planning

We have a mandate and an opportunity to connect every household in North Carolina.

Nate Denny

Deputy Secretary for the N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Division of Broadband and Digital Equity

Our Partners

Active Sponsors

Support for BAND-NC comes from Camber Foundation, Dogwood Health Trust, Google Fiber, John M. Belk Endowment, NC Department of Information Technology, State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Past Sponsors

Past support for BAND-NC has come from AT&T, CoBank, Corning Foundation, Corning Optical, Duke Energy Foundation, Focus Broadband, Hillsdale Fund, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, PNC Foundation and Roanoke Cooperative.

Support Digital Equity in NC

Questions? Contact:

Samantha Graham

Director of Community Initiatives