Friday, May 27, 2022

Gov. Cooper promotes Biden’s Internet for All initiative

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced a $45-billion investment in affordable, reliable high-speed internet access as part of its Internet for All initiative.

Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo toured the Kramden Institute, a local nonprofit in Durham dedicated to bridging the digital divide, to promote the newly dedicated funding. 

“High-speed and reliable internet is now essential for North Carolinians to work, learn and have access to health care,” Cooper stated in a release. “We’re excited for this partnership with the federal government to help us close the digital divide and strengthen our communities.”

The initiative includes $42.5 billion in grants as part of a Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program to support states’ planning for necessary infrastructure. The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program will disperse $1 billion in grants for the construction, improvement or acquisition of Internet infrastructure, and the Digital Equity Act will put $1.5 billion toward programs such as digital literacy training.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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