Map showcases future broadband expansion area

Published 12:20 pm Thursday, July 20, 2023

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POLK COUNTY—Increasing broadband coverage in Polk County is an important task that the Polk County Board of Commissioners and County Manager have spent countless hours on in the past few years.

Last year it was announced that the state will award Polk County $4 million through the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program.

A map, which can be seen above, shows the broadband expansion for the county through the GREAT program and Spectrum’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

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Work should be completed by 2026 on this project.

The total investment in Polk broadband is over $12 million, including the RDOF, the N.C. Great Grant award, and Charter’s own capital investment.