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Broadband Innovation: Eastern Carolina Broadband

Broadband Innovation: Eastern Carolina Broadband

“In the rural areas, the government is not coming to help you. The big companies are not coming to help you. You have to help yourself.”  —Susan Myers, co-founder, Eastern Carolina Broadband From the metal tower built above the sandy soil of Deep Run,...
Broadband Innovation: Wilkes Communications

Broadband Innovation: Wilkes Communications

“There’s this concept of universal service, where everyone should have access to phone service. There has been a shift in the industry, everyone should have access to broadband. Affordable broadband.” — Eric Cramer, president and CEO, Wilkes Communications...
Impact Stories: Dr. Karen Torres

Impact Stories: Dr. Karen Torres

“It really didn’t seem real. I didn’t think any of this was possible, for me to be in this beautiful space. I can do the dentistry I want to do and offer the type of services and atmosphere that our patients deserve.” Dr. Karen Torres knew it was time to...
Impact Stories: Kerns Trucking

Impact Stories: Kerns Trucking

“We have constantly taken the opportunity to invest money back into the company. This loan was very important to us to be able to do so.” The trucks have been at it all day, hauling rock and sand and who knows what else, across the piedmont of North...
Impact Stories: Innovation Brewing

Impact Stories: Innovation Brewing

“As cheesy as it sounds, we’re living the American dream. We came to this with virtually nothing in our pockets. And today it feels like a dream come true.” On a warm afternoon in October of 2017, Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen threw a party. A band played mellow folk...