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Broadband in every corner of North Carolina


Collaborative Broadband, a project of the NC Rural Center, works with government officials as a regional broadband initiative. We are committed to universal last-mile broadband service in our state’s rural counties, and through this project we help rural governments create a locally driven process for broadband access and adoption. This work is done through action teams with the goal of making broadband accessible in every corner of North Carolina.


Collaborative Broadband serves several roles

As an aggregator of information and data, a convener of key stakeholders and partners, a recruiter of interested Internet Service Providers (ISP), a facilitator of negotiations between ISPs and local governments to ensure accountability, and a coordinator of applications to key federal and state funding agencies. We work on behalf of local and regional governments and nonprofits and represent their goal of universal service for their citizens. The NC Rural Center is partnering with Broadband consultants focused on a thirty-three county region located in Northeastern and Western North Carolina, two of the least connected rural regions of our state.


In Northeastern North Carolina, the following counties receive assistance:

  • Bertie
  • Camden
  • Chowan
  • Currituck
  • Dare
  • Gates
  • Halifax
  • Hertford
  • Hyde
  • Martin
  • Northampton
  • Pasquotank
  • Perquimans
  • Tyrrell
  • Washington

In Western North Carolina, the following counties are receiving assistance:

  • Avery
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell
  • Mitchell
  • Polk
  • Rutherford
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Yancey
  • Qualla Boundary

Broadband Initiative Pushes Service Down Country Roads

“I started hearing the horror stories about the school kids on school buses with hotspots, and they had to go to the library, and they didn’t have transportation to get to the library with the hotspots. And it just snowballed.”

Dr. Althea Riddick, Gates County commissioner

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