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ATMC Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider
by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Arlington, Virginia – ATMC has been recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation.
As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, ATMC joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.
To achieve this certification, a telecommunications company must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available to 95% of the subscribers in one or more exchanges within its service territory. Fiber-to-the-home technology is available to all customers in ATMC exchanges within Columbus County and is rapidly becoming available to many neighborhoods throughout Brunswick County.
NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield congratulated ATMC upon receipt of this certification, saying “I applaud ATMC for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities. By building a gigabit-capable network, ATMC has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speeds to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region, and nationwide.”
ATMC services offered via fiber-to-the-home include telephone, internet, and cable TV. The subscription rate for ATMC services in fiber optic communities has been even greater than expected, and ATMC has been pleased with the growth. “Today’s consumers are tech savvy, and they demand higher broadband speeds to utilize cutting-edge technologies such as streaming video, gaming, or even using smart home devices that control their homes’ lights, locks, garage doors, or thermostats.” said Jody Heustess, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. He continued, “Our high gigabit broadband has revolutionized the way our customers connect.”
ATMC has been providing fiber-to-the home (FTTH) technologies since 2005 and joins just over 40 other NTCA members who have received this honor. For more information or to see if FTTH service is available in your area, call 910-754-4311.
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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 County, NC. Serving Brunswick County since 1957, the cooperative currently provides service to more than 36,000 members and employs over 200 local residents. ATMC is the largest telephone cooperative in North Carolina and one of the largest in the country. Visit us at www.atmc.com.
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.