The e-NC Authority, which is driving availability and use of broadband services across North Carolina, is a winner of a 2007 Techie Award from the Grassroots.org organization.

The award is giving to groups in recognition of efforts to boost technology use in the nonprofit community. In all, six Techie winners were selected.

e-NC was recognized for development of a Web-based service provider update tool that provides information about access providers and availability in the state’s 100 counties.

“We are delighted to be recognized, especially on a national level, for the work that we do everyday,” said Jane Patterson, executive director of e-NC. “Pairing technology with innovation and citizen goodwill is second-nature within our organization and we are honored to share this award with the state of North Carolina, the N.C. General Assembly and the telecommunications providers.”

The e-NC was formed in 2000 under the name Rural Internet Access Authority with the mission of expanding high-speed Internet access as well as economic development centered on technology.

The Techie Awards will be presented on Friday at the Nonprofit Technology Network Conference in Washington, D.C.