Holden Beach, NC – ATMC recently announced plans to begin the construction of a fiber optic network which will span Holden Beach and enable it to deliver the company’s FOCUS fiber optic communications services to residents and businesses. The $5.5 million dollar investment is scheduled to take between nine months to a year to complete and will provide more than 13,000 residents and businesses on the island and along the causeway with access to one Gigabit broadband speeds.
“We are excited to bring FOCUS fiber optic services to Holden Beach,” said Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “The catalyst for this project is two-fold. First and foremost we want to improve services for our customers. Second, prolonged exposure to the harsh marine elements on the island have made our current copper facilities susceptible to corrosion, requiring more upkeep. By replacing these facilities with a new fiber optic network, we will be able to provide much faster Internet speeds and better reliability for residents and business owners at Holden Beach.”
Fiber optic technology is extremely reliable and capable of delivering voice, video and unshared bandwidth all through one connection. According to research conducted by the national Fiber to the Home Council, access to fiber optics increases a home’s value by 3.1%, that’s an additional $5,000 for the median priced home. Businesses who take advantage of FOCUS fiber optics will have greater opportunities for cloud-based applications and will benefit from symmetrical upload and download speeds. “We are grateful that ATMC has chosen to invest in our town,” said Mayor Alan Holden. “We know fiber optic technology will greatly benefit our residents and businesses.”
Over the last 24 months, ATMC has been working continuously to upgrade and expand their FOCUS Fiber Optic network throughout Brunswick County. The cooperative has invested millions of dollars making fiber
optic speeds available to Shallotte businesses, residents and businesses on Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island, and to businesses and residential neighborhoods in Leland. In addition, ATMC has been upgrading the cable TV system which serves customers living in the more rural areas of the county to be able to deliver speeds of up to 300 Mbps through Project 2019. To date, the cooperative has made faster speeds available to over 15,000 customers throughout Brunswick County.
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ATMC is a member-owned cooperative providing a multitude of communications services, including telephone, business systems, wireless, Internet/Broadband, cable television service, and ATMC Security, in Brunswick and Columbus Counties in southeastern North Carolina. 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 atmc.com
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