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The Broadband issue is multifaceted and complex. Therefore, finding an on-ramp for working on broadband through your Extension subject area is possible. The resources below will help you explore subject area research and information, and find ways to take action. This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact Kenneth Sherin to share resources to include below.

Resources for Immediate Action

Icon showing tractor above wifi signal logo- Broadband in Agriculture

Broadband in Agriculture

Research and Information

Resources for Action in Agriculture

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Broadband in Family and Consumer Science

Research and Information

Action

Icon showing 4-H Clover above Wifi signal logo- Broadband in 4-H Youth Development

Broadband in 4-H Youth Development

Research and Information

Resources for Action

Icon showing row of three houses above wifi signal logo- Broadband in Community and Rural Development

Broadband in Community and Rural Development

Research and Information

Resources for Action

  • Promote the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit program. Eligible households can get money to help pay for internet service and even money to help pay for devices.
  • The BAND-NC Initiative is a grant opportunity to work on developing a digital inclusion plan for every NC county. Many counties are already involved in this work but are always looking for collaborators. Contact Kenneth Sherin if you would like to find the BAND-NC grantee in your county.
  • Washington State Extension Model:  Broadband Action Teams (BAT). Contact Kenneth Sherin if you are interested implementing in this model.
  • Digital Navigator  A new model for helping communities in digital inclusion efforts. Contact Kenneth Sherin if you are interested implementing in this model.
  • Digital Inclusion Planning Lead a community-wide digital inclusion project.

In general N.C. Cooperative Extension can play an important role in broadband access, adoption, and utilization across North Carolina by focusing on ways to use broadband resources beyond entertainment and connection to increase opportunities in education, productivity, wellness, and commerce.