SB 517 – Innovative Statewide Broadband Infrastructure

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus, Union); Sen. Jay Chaudhuri (D-Wake)




This bill:

  • Requires the Department of Information Technology to prepare and maintain statewide broadband maps to identify the capabilities and needs related to broadband access and to serve as the sole provider of broadband mapping for State agencies.
  • Appropriates $1M in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-2021 fiscal year to DIT to be used for broadband mapping.
  • Appropriates $25K for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to NC State University to be allocated to the Institute for Emerging Issues to host a structured stakeholder process to ascertain ways to relieve regulatory burdens to expedite broadband expansion.


Filed – 4/5/2021