The Divide: Closing the broadband gap in AppalachiaThe Divide: Closing the broadband gap in Appalachia
This episode features Donna Gambrell, CEO of Appalachian Community Capital, and Brian Vo, chief investment officer at Connect Humanity, on the need for local investment in Appalachian broadband infrastructure.
At a Glance
- Why and how the organizations are collaborating to raise capital (03:54)
- Details on the digital divide in Appalachia (10:40)
- The potential and pitfalls of the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program for Appalachia (12:40)
This episode features Donna Gambrell, president and CEO of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), and Brian Vo, chief investment officer at Connect Humanity. We discuss the state of the digital divide throughout Appalachia, one of the least-connected regions in the US, and a recent partnership between ACC and Connect Humanity to help bring about more local investment in broadband infrastructure.
We also discuss the federal government's $42 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) fund, how far it will go toward solving the problem and why BEAD alone won't close Appalachia's digital divide.
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