RALEIGH — Sen. Carl Ford announced that Rowan County’s share of state grants to expand high-speed Internet access is $4 million.
More than 1,000 households and businesses are expected to receive high-speed internet access through funding from the Growing Rural Economics with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant program. The General Assembly has allocated an additional $350 million in the 2021 state budget for the grant program to support a new round of grants.
The grant funding will enable Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus) to begin work to roll out high-speed internet in Rowan County.
This series of GREAT grants leverages federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide matching grants to Internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives that can partner with counties to expand high Internet access. throughput in underserved areas of the state.
More than 13,000 North Carolina households and 582 businesses will have access to high-speed internet thanks to more than $30.8 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this week. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) has also awarded BIG grants to Cabarrus County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications), Davie County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus), and in Iredell County: Yadkin Valley TMC (Yadtel | Zirrus).
For more information about NCDIT’s Broadband and Digital Equity Division, visit https://www.ncbroadband.gov.