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Are we headed for another train wreck because of poor planning
Are we headed for another train wreck because of poor planning
 
Earlier this week Locke published my report on “Expanding Rural Broadband Access in North Carolina.”
Earlier this week Locke published my report on “Expanding Rural Broadband Access in North Carolina.”
 
Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide.
Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide.
 
North Carolinians can now view results from an ongoing survey designed to show gaps in coverage in the state, which so far indicates a lack of access to broadband.
North Carolinians can now view results from an ongoing survey designed to show gaps in coverage in the state, which so far indicates a lack of access to broadband.
 
When the General Assembly reconvenes next week, broadband promises to be a hot topic.
 
Becki Gray, VP of the John Locke Foundation assesses the upcoming legislative session
Becki Gray, VP of the John Locke Foundation assesses the upcoming legislative session
 
The General Assembly will convene its biennial session Jan. 13. They’ll talk about how to get the economy back on its feet, address a learning gap in education, improve access to quality health care at an affordable price, put together a tax and spending plan and begin the centennial redistricting p
The General Assembly will convene its biennial session Jan. 13. They’ll talk about how to get the economy back on its feet, address a learning gap in education, improve access to quality health care at an affordable price, put together a tax and spending plan and begin the centennial redistricting p
 
Projects Expected to Connect Nearly 16,000 Households and 700 Businesses to Broadband
 
Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program.
Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program.
 
Local communities, legislators, and businesses are having a hard time understanding why Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office pulled the plug on $32 million in grants for rural broadband projects that had attracted 70 applicants.
Local communities, legislators, and businesses are having a hard time understanding why Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office pulled the plug on $32 million in grants for rural broadband projects that had attracted 70 applicants.
 
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has partnered with a public school system in West Texas to deliver fast, low-latency internet to students residing in areas where connectivity is inadequate, unaffordable, or non-existent.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has partnered with a public school system in West Texas to deliver fast, low-latency internet to students residing in areas where connectivity is inadequate, unaffordable, or non-existent.
 
This week, Rural Broadband Week, Governor Cooper announced $12 million for internet expansion projects in 11 rural counties through the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant and COVID-19 Recovery Act.
This week, Rural Broadband Week, Governor Cooper announced $12 million for internet expansion projects in 11 rural counties through the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant and COVID-19 Recovery Act.
 
Movement to eliminate a rule for landline telephone carriers that remains in force for broadband providers could speed expansion of high-speed internet to areas lacking it.
Movement to eliminate a rule for landline telephone carriers that remains in force for broadband providers could speed expansion of high-speed internet to areas lacking it.
 
Yesterday, on Monday, April 6, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of federal lawmakers in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others to include funding for broadband internet in any further legislative response to the COVID-19
Yesterday, on Monday, April 6, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of federal lawmakers in sending a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others to include funding for broadband internet in any further legislative response to the COVID-19
 
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law
 
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have partnered with nine library systems and four municipalities to improve internet access in rural communities.
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have partnered with nine library systems and four municipalities to improve internet access in rural communities.
 
Residents in Wilson, Salisbury, Mooresville, Davidson, and Morganton were being hit with higher taxes and even electricity and water rates as their cities were bleeding money. Why?
Residents in Wilson, Salisbury, Mooresville, Davidson, and Morganton were being hit with higher taxes and even electricity and water rates as their cities were bleeding money. Why?
 
H.B. 431 — titled the FIBER NC Act — would grant counties and cities the authority to use property taxes to construct such facilities and equipment.
H.B. 431 — titled the FIBER NC Act — would grant counties and cities the authority to use property taxes to construct such facilities and equipment.
 
Bleeding money, unable to sign up enough subscribers, and incapable of investing in new technology to attract users, Salisbury's beleaguered municipal broadband service is about to be leased to a private firm
Bleeding money, unable to sign up enough subscribers, and incapable of investing in new technology to attract users, Salisbury's beleaguered municipal broadband service is about to be leased to a private firm
 
On May 8, Salisbury voters overwhelmingly agreed on a resolution to lease the city's Fibrant broadband system to a private company
On May 8, Salisbury voters overwhelmingly agreed on a resolution to lease the city's Fibrant broadband system to a private company
 
An overwhelming 81 percent of voters in Salisbury on Tuesday said the city should lease its Fibrant broadband service to Hotwire Communications
An overwhelming 81 percent of voters in Salisbury on Tuesday said the city should lease its Fibrant broadband service to Hotwire Communications
 
Salisbury residents will vote Tuesday on whether to lease its city-owned broadband system to a private provider. Critics say it could be a case of making the best of a bad situation
Salisbury residents will vote Tuesday on whether to lease its city-owned broadband system to a private provider. Critics say it could be a case of making the best of a bad situation
 
State laws and regulations prevent municipalities from collaborating with Internet Service Providers in public-private partnerships that could bridge the urban-rural digital divide, the N.C. League of Municipalities says
State laws and regulations prevent municipalities from collaborating with Internet Service Providers in public-private partnerships that could bridge the urban-rural digital divide, the N.C. League of Municipalities says
 
Today, Governor Cooper announced Hometown Strong, a new initiative to partner with local governments to support local economies, improve infrastructure, and strengthen rural communities
Today, Governor Cooper announced Hometown Strong, a new initiative to partner with local governments to support local economies, improve infrastructure, and strengthen rural communities
 
American infrastructure has fallen behind due to years of inaction and a broken permitting system
American infrastructure has fallen behind due to years of inaction and a broken permitting system
 
North Carolina took a step today toward strengthening public safety and emergency preparedness by clearing the way for its first responders to join FirstNet, the first nationwide broadband network specifically built for public safety agencies
North Carolina took a step today toward strengthening public safety and emergency preparedness by clearing the way for its first responders to join FirstNet, the first nationwide broadband network specifically built for public safety agencies
 
Gov. Roy Cooper called for expanded high-speed broadband service throughout North Carolina in his opening address at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit on Wednesday morning
Gov. Roy Cooper called for expanded high-speed broadband service throughout North Carolina in his opening address at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit on Wednesday morning
 
Governor Cooper’s Common Ground Solutions budget included $20 million to improve internet access and service to households and businesses in underserved areas of North Carolina.
Governor Cooper’s Common Ground Solutions budget included $20 million to improve internet access and service to households and businesses in underserved areas of North Carolina.
 
Lawmakers are trying to make it easier for broadband providers to reach that last lonely house on that far-away dirt road
Lawmakers are trying to make it easier for broadband providers to reach that last lonely house on that far-away dirt road
 
A North Carolina municipal broadband network has made the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s “Dirty Dozen” — 12 high-profile taxpayer-funded internet projects that have cost the public more than $2 billion
A North Carolina municipal broadband network has made the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s “Dirty Dozen” — 12 high-profile taxpayer-funded internet projects that have cost the public more than $2 billion
 
Municipal broadband supporters are gearing up to change a law passed in 2011 that restricts how cities and towns in North Carolina can provide cable and internet services, even though the law recently was upheld by a federal appeals court
Municipal broadband supporters are gearing up to change a law passed in 2011 that restricts how cities and towns in North Carolina can provide cable and internet services, even though the law recently was upheld by a federal appeals court
 
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the states of North Carolina and Tennessee a victory on Wednesday when it struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule that pre-empted the states' regulation of municipal broadband service within their borders
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the states of North Carolina and Tennessee a victory on Wednesday when it struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule that pre-empted the states' regulation of municipal broadband service within their borders
 
Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after a federal appeals court ruling.
 
Governor Pat McCrory is building on his commitment to increase access to affordable high-speed internet across North Carolina through a new State Broadband Plan
Governor Pat McCrory is building on his commitment to increase access to affordable high-speed internet across North Carolina through a new State Broadband Plan
 
Thanks to a grant funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, McDowell County is announcing a new partnership with Skyrunner Internet to drive broadband availability expansion in McDowell county.
Thanks to a grant funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, McDowell County is announcing a new partnership with Skyrunner Internet to drive broadband availability expansion in McDowell county.
 
A high-tech analyst suggests that a Federal Communications Commission rule pre-empting state laws limiting municipal broadband - including North Carolina's - could be in trouble.
A high-tech analyst suggests that a Federal Communications Commission rule pre-empting state laws limiting municipal broadband - including North Carolina's - could be in trouble.
 
North Carolina consumers in less populated areas will receive quicker broadband service thanks, in part, to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) and participation from four broadband service provider partners.
North Carolina consumers in less populated areas will receive quicker broadband service thanks, in part, to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) and participation from four broadband service provider partners.
 
The move by the Federal Communications Commission to trump state laws placing restrictions on cities that want to provide broadband service has raised awareness of high-speed Internet service in society, the head of a national telecommunications association said Tuesday.
The move by the Federal Communications Commission to trump state laws placing restrictions on cities that want to provide broadband service has raised awareness of high-speed Internet service in society, the head of a national telecommunications association said Tuesday.
 
The Federal Communications Commission made a mistake when it approved the city of Wilson's petition to overturn a North Carolina law limiting municipal broadband services. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains why.
The Federal Communications Commission made a mistake when it approved the city of Wilson's petition to overturn a North Carolina law limiting municipal broadband services. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains why.
 
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