RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) Jeff Sural, director of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Broadband Infrastructure Office provided testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

The hearing on “Empowering and Connecting Communities through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption” focused on unconnected households and barriers to internet adoption.

Governor Roy Cooper and NCDIT have made Increasing broadband adoption and improving digital equity a top priority.

The Broadband Infrastructure Office is leading efforts to collaborate with local digital equity efforts and gather data on adoption while working through the Governor’s Task Force on Connecting North Carolina with cabinet agencies to close the homework gap and encourage affordability for broadband access.

“In North Carolina we have found that partnerships between the public and private sectors, particularly at the municipal or regional level, that work to address the specific causes of the digital divide their communities face, are the only way we’ll close the digital divide,” said Sural.

Sural’s full statement is available here. A video from the hearing also is available here.