As Rocky Mount prepares for new fiber internet network, rural areas face their own struggles with broadband access ::


— A new effort to install a fiber network could soon bring high speed broadband throughout Rocky Mount.

But some living in rural areas outside the city limits have concerns that the digital divide in their neighborhoods will keep growing.

Federal data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration showed in some areas of Rocky Mount over 90% of households have internet access. But in multiple other neighborhoods, the data shows more than 40% of homes don’t have any broadband at all.

“What we’ve found is that we just

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Heated debate over potential use of ShotSpotter technology in Durham ::


A heated debate at the Durham City Council budget meeting led to tears, even personal insults. The source of the controversy — a gunshot detection technology called ShotSpotter.

WRAL News has been covering stories about the possibility of ShotSpotter coming to Durham since at least 2019.

What’s different now is that ShotSpotter finally has enough support from Council that it is almost certainly on the way.

ShotSpotter is used around the country — with mixed reviews. Some claim the technology helped police seize guns and make arrests. Others say it is ineffective and leads

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