Study: Broadband expansion will be a community by community process

Study: Broadband expansion will be a community by community process

Seven western North Carolina counties — Macon, Graham, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Haywood and Jackson – are working together to improve the quality and affordability of Internet access, beginning with a survey designed to identify gaps in supply and demand of broadband service. Private-sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) consider their expansion plans proprietary, which complicates efforts by public authorities to gauge when and where new Internet service will become available. “It has become apparent that in a rural region such as this, local communities must take a proactive approach to broadband expansion, engaging the current ISPs in conversations around expansion and improvement of service.” The assessment is part of a collaboration between the Southwestern Planning and Economic Development Commission and the Mountain West Partnership.

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