ATMC Selected as a 2021 CEA Chamber of Commerce Award Winner
Shallotte, NC – ATMC was recently selected as the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s pick for the 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards. ATMC received this recognition because of the organization’s commitment to providing quality communications services to the Brunswick County area and for the investments they have made in the community.
Susan Freeman, President of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce commented, “ATMC is a company focused on diversity of the region. Internet is vital to the daily operation of schools, industry and private sector initiatives driving business to our region. ATMC has made their nonprofit mission inclusiveness through technologies and is a leader in the future of our region.”
The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, organized by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, are intended to “boost entrepreneurship in the Wilmington region by showcasing up-and-coming companies and helping them connect with potential mentors, investors and clients,” according to organizers. In addition to the entrepreneurial winners, local Chambers of Commerce also select a winner from their local business community.
“We are honored to be recognized in this year’s Coastal Entrepreneur Awards,” commented Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “We are proud of the work we’ve done in the Cape Fear region over the past few years to expand and improve internet service in support of residents and local businesses. We want to continue to support economic and entrepreneurial growth by ensuring that businesses in this region have access to internet connectivity that is second to none.”
ATMC has completed several network upgrades and expansion efforts aimed at bringing better service to existing customers and new customers. Over the past year, ATMC increased broadband speeds for thousands of members at no additional charge to the customer. And in the last two years, ATMC has won more than $42 million in broadband grants to expand high-speed internet to rural areas throughout southeastern North Carolina. These grants are being matched by over $20 million in investments from ATMC and work is being done in Columbus, Robeson, Duplin and Pender Counties to expand their fiber optic network to up to 17,000 additional residential and business addresses.
Because of their commitment to working to provide broadband to unserved areas, ATMC was recognized by the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association as a Smart Rural Community Provider. As a Smart Rural Community Provider, ATMC works to make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business through the implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions.
ATMC has always focused on award-winning customer service and commitment to their community. Last year when the pandemic began, ATMC committed to helping their customers through the challenges of COVID-19. Last spring, ATMC provided free internet to homes of students without service for 60 days and continued providing service at a discounted rate through October. The cooperative also worked with residential and business customers to keep them connected through financial hardships brought on by the pandemic. ATMC also gives back generously each year through grants, scholarships, capital credits and donations.
For more information about ATMC or their services, visit www.atmc.com or call 910-754-4311.