NC Broadband Bills to Watch (HB 1228)

The NC General Assembly is considering several bills that would increase broadband infrastructure across the state. The Satellite Broadband Grants (HB 1228was introduced in the House on May 27 and appropriates $2,500,000 to the NC Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office to expand satellite-based broadband service to underserved communities of the state. This funding is in addition to Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program, and offers an alternative to fiber optic internet. Households included in an area where a GREAT grant was been awarded is not eligible for a Satellite-Based Broadband grant.