ATMC Awarded $1.3 Million in GREAT Grant Funds to Serve Rural Areas in Duplin County
Raleigh, NC – Governor Roy Cooper announced that ATMC was one of 11 recipients to receive funding through the 2020 Special Supplementary Round of the Growing Rural Economies through Access to Technology (GREAT) Grant Program. ATMC was awarded $1.3 million that will be used to expand high speed internet service to more than 625 addresses spread in or around the communities east of Magnolia, Rose Hill and Teachey in rural Duplin County. ATMC will provide $585,388 dollars in matching funds for this project.
“ATMC is excited to receive these grants through this special round of funding through the NC GREAT Grant Program,” said Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “This will be the second GREAT Grant award ATMC has received in Duplin County this year. The areas in this grant are adjacent to the area we won over the summer, and upon completion, it will enable ATMC to bring high-speed internet to thousands of people in rural Duplin County who desperately need it.”
In August, ATMC was awarded $1.2 million dollars during round two of the NC GREAT Grant program to expand its fiber optic network to deliver gigabit high-speed internet service to 400 addresses west of Magnolia, Rose Hill and Teachey. ATMC will provide an additional $1.2 million in matching funds for a total project cost of $2.4 million. Engineering work on this project is underway, and construction will take place through the end of 2021. Between the two combined grant projects, ATMC will expand high-speed internet service to more than 1,000 addresses in rural Duplin County at a cost of more than $4 million dollars.
“We appreciate every resident, business owner and community leader that sent in letters of support on behalf of these grant projects,” added Keith Holden. “We are very excited for this opportunity to bring our fiber optic service to rural Duplin County through these grant projects and we plan to expand to even more areas of the county once we complete them.”
ATMC is still awaiting details as to when these grant funds will be made available to begin work on the grant projects. To stay up to date on construction of these grant projects, please visit www.fasterduplin.com or call 910-754-4311.