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FOCUS Broadband has a strong history of providing broadband to rural areas and maximizing the use of grant dollars for the betterment of rural communities. To date, we have won more than $100 million in state and federal grant funds to serve residents and businesses in Bladen, Brunswick, Chowan, Columbus, Duplin, Hoke, Robeson,
Pender, Perquimans, and Scotland Counties.

HOW We're Making It Happen

Learn more about the broadband grants we’ve received which have helped us bring high-speed internet to rural areas in North Carolina.

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• In 2010, FOCUS Broadband received a $12 million grant through the USDA to build a fiber optic network to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Columbus County communities of Nakina and Old Dock.

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• In May of 2019, FOCUS Broadband won a $1 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to build a fiber optic network to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the Columbus County community of Beaverdam. This project was completed in July of 2020.

• In December of 2019, FOCUS Broadband won a $7.9 million-dollar USDA ReConnect Grant to build a fiber optic network to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in the Columbus County communities of Tabor City, Hallsboro, Bolton, Lake Waccamaw and areas north of Whiteville. Construction for this project is currently underway.

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• In August of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $2.5 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve residents and businesses in the Columbus County towns of Fair Bluff and Boardman as well as the Robeson County communities of Orrum and Proctorville. FOCUS Broadband was also awarded an additional $1.2 million through the NC GREAT Grant Program to serve rural areas in Duplin County.

• In September of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $21.6 million-dollar USDA ReConnect Grant to build a fiber optic network to more than 7,000 homes and businesses in rural Pender County.

• In December of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded $7.8 million dollars through a special supplemental round of the NC GREAT Grant program that will allow FOCUS Broadband to bring high-speed internet to 5,000 rural addresses in Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson and Duplin Counties.

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• In December of 2021, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $2.9 million-dollar grant from the USDA Community Connect Grant program to build a fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 1,200 unserved addresses in the communities of Howellsville and Tolarsville in rural Robeson County. FOCUS Broadband will contribute up to $450,000 in matching funds to complete the project.

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• In July of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $4 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve residents and businesses in the rural areas of Chowan County.

• In August of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded $26 million dollars in grant funds from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve nearly 10,000 residents and businesses in the rural areas of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Duplin, Pender, Hoke, and Perquimans counties.

• In September of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $24.6 million-dollar grant from the USDA ReConnect Grant program to build a fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 13,972 residents, 198 businesses, 166 farms and 18 public schools in rural communities near Rowland, Maxton, Wagram, Laurinburg and east of Lumberton in Robeson and Scotland counties.

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• In July of 2023, FOCUS Broadband was awarded two additional GREAT Grants totaling $7.2 million dollars to serve rural communities in Chowan and Perquimans counties. The funding was part of the Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program that supplemented the 2022 GREAT Grant Program. These grants will be used to bring high-speed internet to 780 homes in Chowan County and 988 homes in Perquimans County.

• In 2010, FOCUS Broadband received a $12 million grant through the USDA to build a fiber optic network to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Columbus County communities of Nakina and Old Dock.


 

• In May of 2019, FOCUS Broadband won a $1 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to build a fiber optic network to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the Columbus County community of Beaverdam. This project was completed in July of 2020.

• In December of 2019, FOCUS Broadband won a $7.9 million-dollar USDA ReConnect Grant to build a fiber optic network to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in the Columbus County communities of Tabor City, Hallsboro, Bolton, Lake Waccamaw and areas north of Whiteville. Construction for this project is currently underway.

• In August of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $2.5 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve residents and businesses in the Columbus County towns of Fair Bluff and Boardman as well as the Robeson County communities of Orrum and Proctorville. FOCUS Broadband was also awarded an additional $1.2 million through the NC GREAT Grant Program to serve rural areas in Duplin County.

• In September of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $21.6 million-dollar USDA ReConnect Grant to build a fiber optic network to more than 7,000 homes and businesses in rural Pender County.

• In December of 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded $7.8 million dollars through a special supplemental round of the NC GREAT Grant program that will allow FOCUS Broadband to bring high-speed internet to 5,000 rural addresses in Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson and Duplin Counties.

• In December of 2021, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $2.9 million-dollar grant from the USDA Community Connect Grant program to build a fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 1,200 unserved addresses in the communities of Howellsville and Tolarsville in rural Robeson County. FOCUS Broadband will contribute up to $450,000 in matching funds to complete the project.

• In July of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $4 million-dollar grant from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve residents and businesses in the rural areas of Chowan County.

• In August of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded $26 million dollars in grant funds from the NC GREAT Grant program to serve nearly 10,000 residents and businesses in the rural areas of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Duplin, Pender, Hoke, and Perquimans counties.

• In September of 2022, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $24.6 million-dollar grant from the USDA ReConnect Grant program to build a fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 13,972 residents, 198 businesses, 166 farms and 18 public schools in rural communities near Rowland, Maxton, Wagram, Laurinburg and east of Lumberton in Robeson and Scotland counties.

• In July of 2023, FOCUS Broadband was awarded two additional GREAT Grants totaling $7.2 million dollars to serve rural communities in Chowan and Perquimans counties. The funding was part of the Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program that supplemented the 2022 GREAT Grant Program. These grants will be used to bring high-speed internet to 780 homes in Chowan County and 988 homes in Perquimans County.

Who We Are

FOCUS Broadband is a nonprofit cooperative, owned by its members. We began serving the people of Brunswick County in 1955 and have grown to become the largest communications cooperative in North Carolina offering High-Speed Internet, Streaming TV, Telephone, Business Communications, Security, and Wireless to over 65,000 customers in Bladen, Brunswick, Chowan, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, Perquimans and Robeson Counties.

FOCUS Broadband was built to serve rural areas. To date, we have won more than $115 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.

We will continue to work hard to eliminate the digital divide in eastern North Carolina.

BENEFITS OF FIBER

SPEED:

FOCUS Broadband delivers broadband speeds up to 5 Gigabits-that’s among the fastest, most powerful connection around.

VALUE:

Research shows that a home served by fiber optic technology is worth more than a similar home that is not.

STABILITY:

The fiber optic technology that powers our network is resistant to corrosion, not susceptible to lightning damage, and has a longer life expectancy than regular coaxial cables.

SERVICE:

Our services are backed by award-winning, local customer service and 24/7 technical support.

FLEXIBILITY:

Because of the nearly limitless connection, homes served by FOCUS Broadband are better equipped for the communications and entertainment technologies of tomorrow

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