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CLIC-NC

CLIC-NC supports the three central pillars of CLIC: That the Internet is essential 21st century infrastructure, that local communities are the lifeblood of America, and that local communities must be able to make their own broadband choices.

These principles are particularly critical in North Carolina, where half of the population live in rural areas, because of the deepening urban-rural digital divide. The FCC has noted that 53% of rural households (compared to just 8% of urban households) lack access to the level of broadband service necessary to participate in modern life (25Mbps/3Mbps). North Carolina is quickly reflecting a trend toward Gigabit urban centers and non-Gigabit rural areas—a trend that could have significant economic consequences for the have-nots.

CLIC-NC members are coming together in the belief that everyone in the state should have access to modern broadband. We know all of NC Hearts Gigabit. We hope to educate residents and policy-makers, and assemble data useful to a discussion on how we all can move forward together. If you live, work, or even just vacation in North Carolina, please join us. Sign up as a member of CLIC here, and we’ll add you to our North Carolina discussion. Follow our local stories here. For more information, contact Catharine Rice at Catharine.Rice@gmail.com or Christa Wagner Vinson at christa@ncheartsgigabit.com.

CLIC-Colorado

In December 2016, Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance (CCUA ) voted to become an official chapter of CLIC. This alliance between the CCUA and CLIC is a natural fit because both CLIC and CCUA believe that the internet is an essential element of every community’s infrastructure and that each local community is best at determining if its broadband services are sufficient to meet current and future needs.  For many years, CLIC has worked in unison with CCUA to support its legislative agenda both at the state and federal levels, including during the last two legislative sessions when our organizations battled together to overcome a state law that prevents local governments from providing broadband services.

Please feel free to visit the CCUA’s website at www.coloradocua.org or become a Colorado member of CLIC  here, and your name will pass through to our chapter. We’ll be posting our blogs here.

For more information, contact: Todd Barnes at todd.barnes@cityofthornton.net