North Carolina Hot air balloon

North Carolina has announced grants of more than $206 million in its Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant program. In all, the grants will bring broadband access to almost 85,000 households and more than 2,400 businesses in 69 counties in the state.

Service provider Connect Holding received the most grants with 29. It was followed by Charter with 11 and Focus with seven. Cloudwyze and Zitel both had five.

The GREAT program was created in 2019 as a way to lower barriers to high speed service expansion, according to the press release. Grant recipients must agree to provide 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload with scalability to symmetrical 100 Mbps service by the end of 2026.

The program has granted $260 million since July. More announcements are expected during the autumn in the program, which has a budget of $350 million for this round.

In early August, GREAT announced more than $30.8 million in grants for broadband projects in 11 counties. The grants are aimed at almost 13,000 households and 582 businesses.

In July, the GREAT program announced $23.4 million in grants to provide service to almost 7,000 households and 374 businesses in 12 counties.

The broadband infrastructure office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology received 305 applications totaling $350 million for this round of grants.

The full list of North Carolina broadband grants announced this week:

Alamance County: NC Communications Advanced Serv (Lumos)Jones County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Ashe County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Lee County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Beaufort County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Macon County: Frontier Communications of The Carolinas (Frontier)
Bladen County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)Martin County: Cloudwyze, Inc. (Cloudwyze)
Buncombe County: Frontier Communications of The Carolinas (Frontier)McDowell County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Burke County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Mitchell County: French Broad Electric Membership Corp.
Caldwell County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Montgomery County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Camden County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Moore County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Carteret County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Nash County: Cloudwyze, Inc. (Cloudwyze)
Caswell County: Zitel LLCNorthampton County: Zitel LLC
Catawba County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Onslow County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Chatham County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Pamlico County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Cherokee County: Blue Ridge Mountain EMC (Blue Ridge Mountain EMC)Pasquotank County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Columbus County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)Pender County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)
Craven County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Perquimans County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)
Cumberland County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Person County: Zitel LLC
Currituck County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Pitt County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Dare County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Randolph County: NC Communications Advanced Serv (Lumos)
Duplin County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)Richmond County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Durham County: Frontier Communications of The Carolinas (Frontier)Robeson County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)
Edgecombe County: Cloudwyze, Inc. (Cloudwyze)Rutherford County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Forsyth County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Sampson County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Franklin County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Scotland County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Gates County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Surry County: Zitel LLC
Graham County: Zitel LLCSwain County: Zito West Holding, LLC (Zito Media)
Granville County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Tyrrell County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Greene County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Vance County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Guilford County: Bellsouth Telecommunications, LLC (AT&T North Carolina)Wake County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Harnett County: Cloudwyze, Inc. (Cloudwyze)Warren County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)
Haywood County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)Washington County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Henderson County: Cebridge Acquisition, LP (Optimum)Wayne County: Nfinity Link Communications Inc. (InfinityLink)
Hertford County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)Wilkes County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Hoke County: ATMC (Focus Broadband)Wilson County: Connect Holding II LLC (Connect Holding)
Jackson County: Spectrum Southeast, LLC (Charter Communications dba Spectrum)Yancey County: French Broad Electric Membership Corp
Johnston County: Cloudwyze, Inc. (Cloudwyze)

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