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Wednesday, January 28, 2004


North Carolina: Cherokee Indians help fund 6-county fiber network in the mountains

"The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has given $1.9 million for a fiber optics network in six rural western counties in hopes of helping economic development and access to advanced medicine and education. The plan targets Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee and Graham counties, which have limited and often costly access to high-speed Internet access."

"The tribe approved the funding as part of a public-private group called Balsam West FiberNET. The group's two other partners are Southwestern Community College and Drake Enterprises, a private software company in Franklin, each of which contributed $1.4 million. The group is also seeking funding from private, local, state and federal sources."

The Asheville Citizen-Times also has an article on the Cherokees' investment.


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