Service Now Available in Phase One of ATMC’s FOCUS Fiber Optic Network in Beaverdam
Columbus County, NC - Today, ATMC announced that the first phase of construction for the Beaverdam ‘Faster Columbus’ project is complete. Residents and businesses located on Charlie Williamson Road, Lakeview Drive, Thompson Town Road and portions of Mary White Road and Rough and Ready Road now have access to high speed internet with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit as well as digital cable TV, home telephone, and home security and automation services from the Brunswick County based company.
The project was made possible through a NC GREAT Grant that ATMC received in 2019 from Governor Roy Cooper’s office and the NC Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) which provided $1 million-dollars in grant funds and a matching a $550,000 investment from ATMC. Upon completion of the project, over 950 residents in the rural Columbus County community of Beaverdam will be capable of going online with internet speeds of up to 1Gig.
“ATMC is excited to now offer fiber optic high speed internet to residents and businesses in Beaverdam,” said Keith Holden, ATMC’s CEO and General Manager, “We are grateful to the NCDIT and Governor Roy Cooper’s office for making these grant funds available and we look forward to serving Beaverdam and seeing the positive impact it will have in this community for years to come.”
This is the first of 14 phases to become available in ATMC’s Beaverdam project. Work is underway on additional phases in Beaverdam and service availability in all phases is estimated to be complete by July of this year. In the coming months, ATMC plans to open a customer care location at 2228 New Britton Highway in Whiteville, located behind the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation office. This new customer care location will allow ATMC to better serve Columbus County customers.
Though ATMC service is new to residents and businesses in Beaverdam, ATMC has served parts of Columbus County for nearly a decade. In 2010, ATMC received a $12 million grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build a fiber optic network to over 2,000 residents and businesses in the Columbus County communities of Nakina and Old Dock. And last month, ATMC announced that it was awarded a $7.9 million-dollar USDA ReConnect Grant to serve over 4,000 Columbus County homes in the rural areas near Tabor City, Hallsboro, Bolton, Lake Waccamaw, and areas north of Whiteville. ATMC will match the USDA grant dollar-for-dollar for a total investment of $15.8 million dollars. Construction in these areas will begin in the first quarter of this year.
ATMC is currently in the process of applying for additional grant funds in 2020, which if awarded, will allow the cooperative to serve additional unserved areas in western Columbus County. ATMC is currently seeking letters of support to submit with their grant application. Residents and businesses in western Columbus County can find out more by visiting www.FasterColumbus.com.
Beaverdam residents living in phase one can now sign up for ATMC service by calling, 910-754-4311. For more information on ATMC FOCUS fiber optics, or to find out when service will be available in additional areas of Beaverdam, please visit www.FasterColumbus.com.