North Carolina Seeks to Close Broadband Gaps Through Crowdsourcing Portal
If you thought that crowdsourcing was a nifty way to raise funds to kick start your latest invention or help law enforcement track down criminals, here’s a new way to put it to work: improving internet access.
This is the idea behind a new reporting tool launched by North Carolina’s Broadband Infrastructure Office. The online user-reporting tool aims to help “identify the pockets of unserved and underserved areas around the state,” according to the tool’s website.
By gathering accurate information from users within the state, North Carolina’s government is hoping to get a better picture of broadband coverage and to use the information to develop strategic plans to improve connectivity for homes and businesses.
“Access to high-speed internet is crucial these days, and I’m encouraged by the fact that this technology will bring us one step closer to making sure that North Carolinians receive the services they need, regardless of their geographic location throughout the state,” said Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette in a press release.