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Jun 26, 2024

Director’s Log | June 2024

Summer is officially here and Team IEI kicked it off with our first ever regional digital opportunities gathering in Flat Rock. More than 130 community leaders and digital inclusion experts… 

Jun 26, 2024

BAND-NC Celebrates Digital Champion Grantees

NCDIT recently announced their Digital Champion grantees, totaling more than $30 million for digital inclusion projects across North Carolina. BAND-NC is thrilled to see so many of our partners receiving this needed funding for their programs. 

May 30, 2024

Director’s Log | May 2024

The transition from April to May is interesting when you work on a college campus. One day the buildings and hallways are bustling with students going to and from classes,… 

Apr 23, 2024

Director’s Log | April 2024

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of welcoming folks to our 2024 Faith and Community Initiative conference in Asheboro. This event brings together rural faith leaders from a variety… 

Mar 28, 2024

Director’s Log | March 2024

March is almost over and while some of our brackets may be busted, our team alliances remain deep. The same could be said for our views on today’s political landscape. … 

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Feb 5, 2024

IEI Receives $260,000 to Address Digital Divide in Eastern North Carolina

IEI has received two grants totaling $260,000 to assist communities in eastern North Carolina with digital inclusion planning, bringing the institute closer to its goal of all 100 counties having a local-level digital inclusion plan in place by the end of 2024.  

Oct 31, 2023

Director’s Log | October 2023

Earlier in October, I had the honor of attending the Dogwood Health Trust’s Western NC Broadband Spotlight event with our BAND-NC team in Asheville. The event celebrated the finalization of… 

Sep 28, 2023

Director’s Log | September 2023

To say I was born without a green thumb would be an understatement. Like many across the nation, I enthusiastically started a garden during the pandemic only to end up… 

Jan 12, 2023

New $6.3M Grant Will Help Institute for Emerging Issues, Partners Expand Broadband Access in 12 Appalachian States

IEI is one of 12 local partners that will work with Connect Humanity to help 50 communities in 12 Appalachian states connect all residents with affordable, high-speed broadband. 

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Oct 26, 2022

Planning for Digital Inclusion in North Carolina

Samantha Graham reflects on her first two months as BAND-NC Director and the work ahead to getting a digital inclusion plan in every county in NC.