February 22, 2022/Media, Press

Rep. Madison Cawthorn Voted Against Internet Access for Western North Carolina

About 22% of North Carolina’s mountain households lack access to high-speed internet

Thanks to President Biden and North Carolina Democrats, and no thanks to Congressman Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), every single home in Western North Carolina will soon have high-speed internet. 

Today, at least 424,000 North Carolinians currently lack access to high-speed internet, including about 22% of Western North Carolina’s mountain households. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a key component of President Biden’s agenda, will provide at least $100 million in funding to lower costs for low-income families and expand high-speed internet in Western North Carolina and across the state.  

“When given the chance to vote to improve Western North Carolina’s internet access to build a stronger economy, lower costs and improve daily lives, Representative Cawthorn refused. Cawthorn owes his constituents answers for opposing funding that would only serve to benefit North Carolina’s Eleventh Congressional District,” said NCDP Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will expand high-speed internet to NC-11:

  • WLOS: Broadband expansion plans draw praise from WNC leaders

  • WLOS: Advocates encouraged by money going toward broadband internet expansion in North Carolina

  • Blue Ridge Public Radio: Infrastructure bill could help ease WNC’s most nagging problem – internet access