Internet provider researching rural broadband needs

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CloudWyze, a Wilmington-based internet and managed services provider, is reaching out to residents and businesses in rural communities of eastern North Carolina to identify specific areas where high-speed internet is unavailable.

After similar efforts in Nash and Halifax counties, CloudWyze is now expanding its service to communities that have historically been underserved or have not had access to internet service at all. The company is focused on gathering information from residents in eastern North Carolina’s Interstate 95 corridor.

“There are citizens throughout rural North Carolina that do not have fast and reliable access to the internet,” said Shaun Olsen, CEO and founder of CloudWyze. “This means kids can’t do homework that requires research, telemedicine is unavailable and telecommuting is not a possibility. No-or-slow internet is restricting economic development, education and even health care. We’re asking people to raise their hands and help us understand where to bring this much-needed, equalizing service.”

CloudWyze is looking for feedback from people who don’t have access to the internet, as well as people who can get internet but not at speeds fast enough to bridge the digital divide. To complete a survey, residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.cloudwyze.com/rural-broadband/.