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Director of Collaborative Broadband and Innovation

Collaborative Broadband

Broadband in every corner of North Carolina

Collaborative Broadband, a project of the NC Rural Center, works with regional and local government officials to coordinate and facilitate the operations and activities of a regional broadband initiative. We are committed to universal last-mile broadband service in our state’s rural counties, and through this project we assist rural governments with resources and policy information in the creation of a locally driven process  for broadband access and adoption. This work is done through Action Teams that serve as conduits of information on planning and implementation, with a goal that broadband will be accessible in every corner of North Carolina. 

The NC Rural Center is partnering with two collectives focused on fifteen county contiguous region in northeast NC, one of the least connected rural regions of our state. 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.

Northeast counties served: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare,  Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrell, Washington.


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