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WE WANT TO BRING FASTER INTERNET TO YOU

With potential state and federal grant opportunities becoming available in the future, we're looking for additional areas that are 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

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.

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, Cable TV, Business Communications, Security, and Wireless, to over 50,000 customers in Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson Counties.

FOCUS Broadband 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.

To date, FOCUS Broadband has won more than $100 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.

FOCUS Broadband wants to eliminate the digital divide in eastern North Carolina. Help us bring fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed internet service to your area.

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:

We offer the very best communications services backed by award-winning, local customer service. With offices in Brunswick and Columbus Counties, we're just around the corner and a quick phone call away.

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.

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