Buncombe gets millions in state funding for more high-speed internet

A map shows locations eligible for high-speed internet expansion near Weaverville in Buncombe County.

ASHEVILLE – An ongoing, multifaceted effort to get faster internet to more people in Western North Carolina is paying off from at least one funding angle in Buncombe, although some are still concerned about how much internet costs.

The most populous county in WNC will receive $3.3 million in North Carolina state funding to expand internet connectivity to nearly 1,000 people who do not have service or who need better service.

The money will go to service provider Frontier Communications and benefit many in the northern Buncombe area, surrounding Weaverville. Frontier’s application for this project included more than 1,000 addresses where the company could install high-speed internet.

That list is available with the online version of this article.