Shallotte, NC Business District Lights Up with ATMC FOCUS Fiber Network

SHALLOTTE, NC — As part of a five-year expansion and network enhancement plan, ATMC, a member-owned cooperative providing communications services in southeastern North Carolina, has begun delivering FOCUS fiber services to businesses along Main Street in Shallotte, North Carolina. ATMC’s 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.

When completed, ATMC will be able to offer 1 Gbps symmetrical broadband speed to the Shallotte business district. This upgrade to 1 Gbps will enable Shallotte businesses greater opportunities for cloud access, bandwidth and reliability. 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.

A Fiber-fueled Economic Boost
“Across the country, fiber optic enhancements are helping towns like Shallotte compete on a local, regional and national level,” said O’Neal Miller, ATMC CEO. “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.”

“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,” said Mayor Walt Eccard. “I am grateful for ATMC’s investment in our town and confident that this enhancement will help attract new businesses to Shallotte.”

Low Latency Streaming
With virtually limitless capacity, access to fiber optics is a great asset to small towns like Shallotte, looking to attract new businesses and industry, as well as retain and support existing commercial enterprises. Fiber optic technology will provide access to advanced voice solutions and will deliver a more reliable broadband network. Business customers who switch to ATMC’s new fiber optic network will benefit from low latency streaming that makes online collaboration and data services fast and reliable. Fiber optics allow for quicker upload and download speeds and faster point of sale transactions.

“To meet the needs of our customers, over the next five years, we will be investing millions into enhancing our members’ services and Shallotte is the first business district to be included in this plan,” said Miller. Once the Shallotte upgrades are complete, ATMC has plans to expand fiber optics to other business districts including Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Seaside, Calabash, Boiling Spring Lakes and Leland.

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