Charter Communications won close to $16 million in funding to cover some of the costs of making broadband available in seven North Carolina counties this month. The funding was part of a total of $22 million awarded through the Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program.
Seven other companies won CAB funding in this round, but no other company won funding for more than one county.
AT&T won funding for Rutherford County. Other winners included Roanoke Connect Holdings, Skyrunner Inc., French Broad Electric Membership Corp., Surry Telephone Membership Corp., Zitel and Wilkes Communications.
North Carolina Broadband Awards
The awards were made by the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT). According to the agency, the funding awarded in this round will connect 6,012 households and 164 businesses.
Funding recipients must provide service at speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, scalable to 100/100 Mbps. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.
As of this morning, Charter had posted press releases about its CAB funding wins in Haywood and Robeson counties. In Haywood County, the company won $1.25 million in funding, which it will supplement with additional funding of nearly $500,000. In Robeson County, the company won $4 million and will contribute $2.1 million.
A Charter spokesperson provided details on Charter’s other awards in this CAB funding round:
The CAB awards are in addition to rural broadband funding awards made through North Carolina’s Growing Rural Economic with Access to Technology (GREAT) program. According to NCDIT, the state awarded nearly $348 million through the GREAT grant program in 2022 and 2023.
For additional information about North Carolina broadband, including links to state funding resources, previous awardees and Telecompetitor news coverage, see the Broadband Nation page for North Carolina.