Interested in ATMC Bringing Faster Internet To Robeson County?

More Areas of Robeson County Need Faster Internet

With additional state and federal grant opportunities coming available later this year, ATMC is looking for additional areas in Robeson County in need of faster internet service. If you live in an area that is unserved or underserved for high speed internet, please complete the short survey below to show your interest.

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We’re Making It Happen

ATMC was recently awarded a second grant through a special supplemental round of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology GREAT Grant Program to provide services to an additional 1,767 homes and businesses in Robeson County. When combined, the two grants will allow ATMC to provide a 100% fiber optic network with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second to over 2,900 residents and businesses in the rural communities near Orrum, Proctorville, Five Forks and Marietta.

We are currently working to design the network that will be used to serve areas that were awarded in August. Construction for that area is set to begin this year. We anticipate that both projects will be complete by the end of 2022. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the many residents, farmers, business owners and community leaders who supported us in our work to secure these grants. Your support was a key factor in helping make our application a success. We are excited to be able to serve you.

In addition, ATMC applied for a USDA Community Connect grant in December that would have the potential to serve more than 1,000 residents and businesses in the Robeson County communities of Tolarsville and Howellsville. Community Connect awards will be announced later this spring.

Please refer to the map below to determine what ATMC is doing to improve high speed Internet services in your area.

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  GREAT Grant Special Supplementary Round Awarded

  GREAT Grant - Coming 2021-2022

  Under Construction

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Who We Are

ATMC is a nonprofit cooperative, owned by its members. We began serving the people of neighboring Brunswick County in 1955 and have grown to become the largest communications cooperative in North Carolina offering High Speed Internet, Business Communications, Security, and Wireless, to over 50,000 customers in Brunswick and Columbus Counties.

ATMC was built to serve rural areas. We’ve had great success securing grant funds necessary to expand high speed internet into communities that desperately needed it. Through federal grant funding, ATMC has been able to expand our network to rural areas across southeastern North Carolina. In 2010, ATMC received a $12 million grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build a fiber optic network that now serves more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the communities of Nakina and Old Dock in Columbus County. In December of 2019, ATMC was awarded a $7.8 million grant through the USDA’s ReConnect rural broadband expansion program. This project will make service available to over 4,000 rural, underserved addresses in Columbus County. And in September of 2020, ATMC was awarded a $21.6 million dollar grant through the USDA’s ReConnect program that will allow ATMC to build a fiber optic network that will serve more than 7,000 homes and businesses in rural Pender County.

ATMC has also had success applying for state grant funding. Over the last two years, ATMC was awarded $12.7 million through three rounds of the North Carolina Growing Rural Economies Through Access to Technology (GREAT) Grant Program. These NC GREAT grants will allow us to build fiber optic broadband to more than 8,000 homes and businesses in underserved rural areas of Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin and Robeson Counties.

To date, ATMC has won over $54 million in grants used to build high speed internet to underserved communities in southeastern North Carolina. In addition, we have invested millions more by self-funding high speed internet projects that have impacted thousands of rural customers.

ATMC wants to eliminate the digital divide in eastern North Carolina. Help us bring fast, reliable and affordable high-speed internet service to Robeson County.

BENEFITS OF FIBER

SPEED:

Fiber optic networks deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit – the fastest, most powerful connection around.

VALUE:

Research shows that a home in a fiber optic network community is worth more than a similar home in a non-fiber optic network community.

STABILITY:

Fiber optic technology is resistant to corrosion, not susceptible to lightning damage and has a longer life expectancy.

SERVICE:

The ATMC fiber optic network is backed by our award-winning, local customer service. Visit us at our new location in Whiteville, located at 2230 New Britton Hwy, behind Brunswick Electric.

FLEXIBILITY:

Because of the nearly limitless connection, fiber optic network homes are better equipped for the communications and entertainment technologies of tomorrow.

ENVIRONMENTAL:

Fiber optic networks are green, energy-efficient and less intrusive to neighborhood landscapes.