What steps do North Carolina communities need to take now to grow more digitally connected and economically resilient? NC Broadband Matters, a nonprofit formed in 2017, sought to answer this essential question through the inaugural NC Hearts Gigabit Interactive, held April 20, 2018 at the North Carolina Rural Center. This inaugural conference featured inspiring community broadband network deployment success stories from around the state: how to build it, finance it and use it to deepen local cultures of connectivity and productivity for the 21st century. Attendees benefited from hearing a playbook of actionable steps they could take back to advance their own local broadband and economic development agendas. We invite you to join our technology neutral and vendor agnostic advocacy platform as we continue to work to attract and support universally available, affordable, reliable, high-capacity internet to network resilient local economies across North Carolina.