Kenneth Sherin- Broadband Access and Education Coordinator

Broadband Resources for Cooperative Extension

February  2022
The Case for Broadband on the Farm

Jordan Arnold from the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society has written a comprehensive case about the need for broadband on the farm. It is simply the best work to justify rural broadband.

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NC Agricultural Digital Alliance Meeting Announcement

You are invited to join us for our next NC Agricultural Alliance quarterly meeting on Friday, March 4, 1–2:30 p.m. We will receive updates about funding from Angie Bailey, Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office within the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity.  Register Here!

Get Grants for Broadband

Over the last few months, there have been many announcements about broadband funding. A great resource for North Carolina counties and communities can be found on the
N.C. Broadband Office Grants webpage. They have information about the state grant programs and federal grant programs that can be used to improve broadband access in North Carolina communities.

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Digital Inclusion and Using ARPA Funds

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is working on Digital Inclusion in North Carolina. There are workshops coming up pertaining to digital inclusion and using ARPA Funds for digital inclusion.  Kenneth Sherin will be sharing an example from N.C. Cooperative Extension in Randolph County. Visit the IEI BAND-NC Website to learn more about the workshops.

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Will North Carolina Farms Have the Connectivity Needed for Digital Ag Technology?
Broadband connectivity or lack thereof on farms will impact productivity decisions into the future. As pressure mounts for farms to reduce input costs, increase productivity, and efficiency, technology will play an important role.  NC State University is working on it!

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FCC’s Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force Report
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force. They met recently to address the connectivity needs facing farmers in our increasingly digital world.
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Connecting About Connection (Broadband)
Kenny Sherin will be “chewing the fat” about broadband during some informal Zoom sessions in the coming weeks. This is an opportunity to learn about how N.C. Cooperative Extension can make an impact on this critical issue in North Carolina. There will be three opportunities to connect. March 8th, March 29th, and April 19th.
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Map Your Broadband Speed – NC Broadband Survey
Over the recent months, the residents of North Carolina have become kingly aware of their internet speed and reliability. There is an opportunity to provide information about your internet connectivity or lack thereof.
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Affordable Connectivity Program
Eligible households can access the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program funds to offset the cost of Broadband Service to their home and could receive money for a device.
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Contact Kenneth Sherin about Broadband Resources and News as it relates N.C. Cooperative Extension
NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

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