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Sputtering Debate Over NC Internet Access May Have New Urgency

Broadband will be a hot topic at this year’s General Assembly session, with many touting high-speed Internet access as the key to economic development for North Carolina’s small towns and rural regions. “Leaping the Digital Divide,” a 39-page report by the NC League of Municipalities, highlights technology disparities...

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Schools Seek Parity in Workforce Training Courses

Among the jobs today’s employers are struggling hardest to fill are those that require a certificate instead of a college degree. But North Carolina’s formula funds academic coursework more generously than industrial workforce development classes. While full parity would cost an additional $16 million, the...

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Slow internet service stalls rural economic growth

Access to fast Internet is a critical success factor for every North Carolina worker, according to editors at the Sun Journal. They hope the NC Senate will pass the BRIGHT Futures Act, which will open opportunities for private Internet service providers to tap unused bandwidth...

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Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Work Force

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that two groups, workers aged 65 to 74 years old and those 75 and older, are now growing faster than any others. But negative attitudes persist about the cost of older workers, their stamina, their tech skills and their...

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