Post Road Foundation Selects Partners for Digital Inclusion Pilot Program

  • Post Road Foundation
BERKELEY, CA — The Post Road Foundation has selected partners in five communities for a national pilot program to evaluate innovative ways of integrating ultra-high-speed internet with other utility infrastructure to promote digital inclusion, sustainable resource management and economic development. The community partners selected are:

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation in Georgia and North Carolina

  • Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op in Michigan

  • In Maine, the City of Sanford, Old Town – Orono Fiber Corporation, and a collaboration of community groups in the Downeast region, including Eastern Maine  Electric Cooperative and Downeast Broadband.

Funding for the Post Road Foundation program, and related research at Harvard University, has been provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.

The president and co-founder of the Post Road Foundation, Waide Warner, commended the community partners. “We are very gratified by the exceptional response to our program from a number of deserving applicants around the country, but the leadership of these initial community partners was particularly impressive. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with these communities, and our research colleagues at Harvard, to explore the potential for bringing high-speed Internet to underserved areas of America. We are also grateful to The Rockefeller Foundation for the funding that made this program possible.”

Saadia Madsbjerg, managing director of The Rockefeller Foundation, remarked, “We are excited about this significant milestone towards increased digital inclusion in rural communities and are grateful to the communities for taking the journey with the Post Road Foundation. To scale our innovative finance solutions and make them a reality, we need a network of partners willing to push the boundaries and set the example for the rest of the country. We look forward to the next phase of the important work of the Post Road Foundation and Harvard University.”

About the Post Road Foundation
The Post Road Foundation’s non-profit, research platform bridges the gap between communities and investors by exploring ways to reduce barriers to the development, financing, and deployment of sustainable, intelligent infrastructure, particularly in places lacking 21st century communications.


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