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Digital Inclusion

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.  

Jan 29, 2024

Director’s Log | January 2024

Happy New Year! By the time you read this, we’ll be a few weeks away from the 2024 Emerging Issues Forum. The halls of IEI are bustling this time of… 

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… 

Jun 29, 2023

Director’s Log | June 2023

It’s officially summer! Even though school is out and most students have left the halls of the Hunt Library here at NC State University for a well-deserved break, Team IEI is… 

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Jan 19, 2023

IEI Receives $1.2M Digital Equity Grant for Broadband Expansion and Digital Inclusion Efforts

NCDIT announced that IEI is one of eight state government partners to receive a Digital Equity Grant for broadband expansion and digital inclusion efforts in North Carolina. 

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. 

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Sep 19, 2022

IEI Welcomes New Policy and Program Manager Samantha Graham

Get to know IEI's new Policy and Program Manager Samantha Graham in this brief Q&A!