ATMC adding fiber optic service to Shallotte business district, more towns to come
SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Faster Internet access is coming to businesses in downtown Shallotte, and the service will be available in other Brunswick County towns in the next few years.
ATMC says it has begun delivering FOCUS fiber optic communications to businesses along Main Street as part of a five-year expansion and network enhancement plan. ATMC says the approximately $1 million investment in Shallotte will help attract new commercial and small businesses to the area, enhance current business capabilities and encourage economic growth.
“The Town of Shallotte is excited to be one of the first businesses in the business district to upgrade to ATMC’s FOCUS fiber optics,” Mayor Walt Eccard said in a news release from ATMC. “I am grateful for ATMC’s investment in our town and confident that this enhancement will help attract new businesses to Shallotte.”
When completed, ATMC will be able to offer one-gig symmetrical broadband speed to the Shallotte business district. This upgrade to one-gig will provide internet speeds up to five times faster than what is currently being offered, the company says. FOCUS fiber optic service recently became available to more than 200 Shallotte businesses. Once the project is complete, more than 400 Shallotte businesses will have access to fiber optic service.
“Across the country, fiber optic enhancements are helping towns like Shallotte compete on a local, regional and national level,” ATMC CEO O’Neal Miller said in the release. “ATMC’s FOCUS fiber optic enhancement could also be important to the town’s Riverfront Revitalization Project. The upgrade will help the Town of Shallotte attract shops, restaurants and housing to the planned riverfront area.”
ATMC says fiber optic technology will provide access to advanced voice solutions and will deliver a more reliable broadband network. Initial construction will be completed in early August.
ATMC says it plans to invest millions of dollars into enhancing member services. Once the Shallotte upgrades are complete, the company plans to expand fiber optics to other business districts, including Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Seaside, Calabash, Boiling Spring Lakes and Leland.