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ATMC Partners with Columbus County Schools to Bring Internet to Students Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Columbus County, NC - ATMC has partnered with Columbus County Schools to create five Wi-Fi hotspots that will allow Columbus County families to access educational material for their school-aged children while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina public schools will be closed until May 15th, making the need for internet access a necessity for educating students during the shutdown.

The Wi-Fi hotspots are located at the Columbus Career and College Academy in Fair Bluff, Acme Delco Elementary School, East Columbus High School, Williams Township School and West Columbus High School. The hotspots are open to the public in the parking lot of each school. The hotspots have a range of several hundred feet and users simply need to park within range then connect their wireless device to the ‘CCSGuest’ network. The hotspots will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"We are working to make the best of this most unusual situation by ensuring that our students continue to make academic progress,” said Dr. Deanne Meadows, Columbus County Schools Superintendent. “Our teachers are developing some really innovative curriculum given the circumstances, and we want all of our students to be able to have access to it. There are still large areas of Columbus County where fast, reliable internet is not available. That’s why I appreciate ATMC stepping up to help us provide the online access that is critical at this time. These hotspots will allow parents and students without access at home to come to these locations in their vehicles to participate in the online learning."

In addition to providing hotspots at the five Columbus County locations, ATMC worked with Four County Electric Membership Corporation and Pender County Schools to make hotspots available at the three Pender County high schools and the Pender County library in Burgaw. The cooperative is also offering all homes within its broadband service area high-speed internet service at no cost for 60 days if they do not currently have internet service.

“These are really unprecedented times, and ATMC is certainly glad to be able to do this for students in Columbus County,” said Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “We were proud to be able to work with Columbus County Schools to design and implement solutions that are critical to connecting students who may not have any other option.”

For more information regarding how to utilize the Wi-Fi hotspots, visit

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ATMC is a member-owned cooperative providing a multitude of communications services, including telephone, business services, wireless, broadband internet, cable television, and ATMC Security, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. ATMC provides services in additional areas through its wholly-owned subsidiary, ATMC, LLC. ATMC is the largest communications cooperative in North Carolina and one of the largest in the country. For more information on ATMC products and services, visit For more information on ATMC’s drive to bring faster internet service to rural Columbus County, visit

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