Local Tech Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. – Four broadband projects in addition to MCNC will receive federal funding, Gov. Bev Perdue said Wednesday.

Several projects in Georgia and one in South Carolina also received funding.

The other N.C. projects, with information provided by Perdue’s office, include:

Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation – $21,668,232

This approximately $21 million award, will allow Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation to offer a diverse Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network to areas of six counties in the Piedmont area of western North Carolina. Approximately 12,803 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 606 businesses and 56 community institutions.

City of Charlotte – $16,702,490

This approximately $16.7 million award will allow public safety entities in the city to deploy an interoperable wireless public safety broadband network in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County area. The project plans to construct 24 new wireless towers to complement six existing towers on the network, and bring over 11,000 public safety end users onto the system. As many as 890,000 people stand to benefit from this project.

According to an announcement from Vice President Joe Biden’s office, the Charlotte project will "build a network in the city and surrounding communities in Mecklenburg County. The project will ultimately bring over 11,000 users onto an interoperable 700 MHz broadband network and provide situational awareness, streaming video, computer-aided dispatching, and data sharing capabilities."

Olive Hill Community Economic Development – $448,742

This nearly $450,000 award will allow the Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation to expand access to broadband in the greater western region of North Carolina by establishing a public computer center and providing community training and support, with a focus on helping disadvantaged local businesses, the unemployed, and individuals seeking higher education opportunities.

WinstonNet Inc. – $926,537

This approximately $926,000 award, with $696,000 in matching contributions, will allow WinstonNet to improve broadband access for communities with the greatest need in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The project plans to upgrade public computers workstations and provide new equipment for 38 public computer centers.

For a complete list of the projects receiving funding,

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