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ATMC Working to Increase Internet Speeds for Thousands of Members

Brunswick County, NC – ATMC announced today that the cooperative has recently begun a two-phase network upgrade project that will enable over 30,000 members to receive faster broadband internet speeds. As the faster broadband speeds become available, the cooperative plans to increase speeds on most internet packages with no additional cost. In phase one of the project, internet speeds of up to 600 Mbps will be available. At the completion of phase two, internet speeds approaching one gigabit are expected to be available.

“ATMC has been working to eliminate the use of copper telephone lines to deliver internet service with a goal to stop using DSL and VDSL technologies in over 99% of our service territory by the end of 2021,” commented Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “For several years we’ve been working to expand fiber optic lines past more communities and deeper into our service territories. As a result, we will now be able to deploy a hybrid broadband solution that will utilize both fiber optic cable and our coaxial cable network to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 technology capable of delivering gigabit internet speeds.”

Utilizing fiber optics to the neighborhood and ATMC’s coaxial cable TV network plant for the path directly into the home is the fastest and most efficient way to bring gigabit-type broadband speeds to more members. This approach will provide internet speeds up to three times faster than what is currently available from the cooperative over cable modem today and it does so without the disruptive process of plowing in new lines to every address. It cuts the time needed to provide gigabyte broadband speeds from likely 10 years with fiber optics to a period as short a 18-24 months.

In addition to the network upgrades, ATMC has completed several significant broadband projects in the last few years. At the end of 2019, the cooperative finished internet upgrades to the most rural areas in Brunswick County, making higher speeds available to more than 4,000 members. ATMC also expanded their fiber optic network to include business districts throughout Brunswick County, as well as residential customers in Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Leland, St. James, and Caswell Beach. In addition, the cooperative is currently working to complete a fiber expansion project in Boiling Springs Lakes. Several phases of the Boiling
Spring Lakes project have recently been turned up for service and the entire project is expected to be completed in 2021.

“We are always working to improve services for our members,” said Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “The COVID-19 pandemic brought the importance of connectivity to the forefront, and we are making improvements to our network services that are critical for online learning, telework, local business growth, economic development and more. By the end of 2022, our plan is to have one gigabit broadband speed available to 99% of our members.”
For more information about the upgrades, contact ATMC’s customer care department at 910-754-4311 or visit atmc.com.

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