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Kinetic Awarded $4.4M for Expansion of Fiber Internet in North Carolina

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The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) will award Kinetic by Windstream $4.4 million to bring high-speed fiber internet to unserved areas in two North Carolina counties, the Little Rock telecom provider announced.

This grant will enable Kinetic to significantly expand its fiber-optic network in Cabarrus and Union counties by the end of 2026, bringing gigabit internet speeds to 1,392 previously unserved locations. Kinetic will rollout 125 miles of new fiber to join the 8,759 miles of Kinetic fiber already placed in North Carolina.

Kinetic will also invest $1.9 million of private capital in this fiber-to-the-home project and cover any cost overruns as part of a multi-year, $2 billion strategy to bridge the digital divide, the company said in a news release.

The grant comes from North Carolina’s Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program, which includes contributions from the federal American Rescue Plan, local counties and selected broadband providers like Kinetic.

The CAB program awards are a part of a larger effort, including over $356 million in Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grants, which aims to bring high-speed internet to homes, businesses and farms in the most remote areas of North Carolina. The initiatives are set to connect more than 140,000 households and businesses to high-speed internet. The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $400 million from the American Rescue Plan for this program.

“Our partnership with the NCDIT and local communities exemplifies what can be achieved when public and private sectors come together with a shared vision,” Sarah Hardin, Kinetic’s vice president of state government affairs for North Carolina, said in a press release. “We’re dedicated to ensuring that every corner of the state benefits from reliable and fast internet connectivity. This initiative represents a significant leap towards making that vision a reality for North Carolinians.”

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