The town of Halifax is one of seven recipients which will share $1 million in grant funding to expand broadband access through the Truist Expanding Potential in Communities Grant.
The Internet Society today announced that Roanoke Connect received $175,000 for the town of Halifax to expand a network to increase broadband access in rural northeast North Carolina counties with high poverty rates.
This second round of funding follows the $1 million in grants distributed last year to five recipient organizations and will continue to support broadband internet connectivity initiatives to help alleviate disparities in education, employment, and social welfare in the southeastern United States.
There are four projects in Texas, one in the District of Columbia, and one in Maryland in addition to the Halifax project.
“After the success of the last round of grant funding, we were thrilled to once again provide support for projects that deliver for their communities by expanding Internet access — something that has only become more crucial as the pandemic has lingered,” said Lynette Bell, president of Truist Foundation. “These additional grant recipients displayed extraordinary commitment and planning in addressing the urgent need to connect their communities, and we’re proud to expand our support for local efforts to build a sustainable internet infrastructure.”