Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The New York Times is offering a detailed look at federally funded efforts to expand broadband access across the U.S. And some North Carolina residents as well as AT&T receive plenty of attention.

Susanna G. Kim, writing in a story headlined “High Speed for the Sparsely Wired,” notes that the $7.2 billion federal effort is “contentious” but adds “beneficiaries could not be happier.”

Still left behind, however, are R. Mark Fair who lives near Asheville in an AT&T service area and Chad Sowers in Elon.

Fair says he’s been trying to get broadband since 2006.
Sowers, meanwhile, says he even offered $2,000 to help get broadband to his home.

“Broadband is no longer a luxury,” Sowers said.

AT&T’s Clifton Metcalf Jr. told the Times: “We’ve taken efforts to still deliver the benefits of broadband to these customer locations, such as through our satellite-based broadband service, which reaches the vast majority of rural markets in our 22 states.”

A number of broadband projects in N.C. – the largest being driven by MCNC to expand the N.C. Research and Education Network – are underway or still being considered for funding.

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