Ocean Isle Beach, NC – ATMC recently presented the Town of Ocean Isle Beach with Smart Rural Community
signs at the Town’s January Board of Commissioners Meeting. Ocean Isle Beach was the first community served by ATMC to receive signs promoting this honor.
A Smart Rural Community is a designation given by the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association – that
highlights member projects which make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business through the
implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions. Ocean Isle Beach received this recognition
because of ATMC’s $5.5 million dollar investment on the island which provides more than 6,000 residents and
businesses with access to one Gigabit broadband speeds.
“We are thankful to ATMC for investing in Ocean Isle Beach,” said Mayor Debbie Smith. “We know this
recognition as a Smart Rural Community will be a wonderful resource in promoting Ocean Isle Beach as a great
place to vacation, grow a business, or live year-round.”
Over the years, ATMC has helped to bring fiber optic technology to all Brunswick County public schools, local
health care facilities, the Brunswick County 911 Communications Center and more. ATMC’s ongoing network
upgrade and expansion project was a major factor in its selection for the prestigious award.
“We are proud of the work we’ve done that laid the foundation for receiving this national recognition,” said
Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “Because of our investment in the community, we are able to recognize towns, like
Ocean Isle Beach, as a Smart Rural Community and the town is able to benefit from the designation.”
Fiber optic service is now available to residents and businesses on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach and on
Causeway Drive. Construction is currently underway for the west end of the island and will be complete in
early 2019. Interested businesses and residents can learn more by visiting, iwantATMC.com.
For more information about what ATMC is doing to increase access to broadband in Brunswick County, visit
atmc.com or call 910-754-4311.
Pictured: ATMC General Manager and CEO, Keith Holden, presenting the Smart Rural Community sign to Ocean
Isle Beach Mayor, Debbie Smith.
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.