The Technology Infrastructure Lab is constantly analyzing new technologies to see where benefits can be realized in the State. By working across multiple organizations including K-12, community colleges, universities, nonprofits, and the State's Department of Information Technology, the team has a bird's eye view of many initiatives and can often identify opportunities for collaboration and economies of scale. The TIL is a data-driven organization that mixes staff members with backgrounds in computer engineering, business, education, public policy and analytics. Combined, these skill sets produce solutions that attack problems from various angles with a wide aperture.
An initial report of a pilot program to test emerging wireless technologies for rural areas finds no absolute solution to broadband challenges.
The Friday Institute is testing Starlink, plus two new ground-based wireless technologies, in remote parts of North Carolina to help school children who need internet access for school.
Ray Zeisz, director of the Technology Infrastructure Lab at the Friday Institute, talks about broadband access for students in rural Eastern North Carolina and his work with Hyde County Schools to pilot a program of SpaceX’s Starlink internet service to improve access.