Robeson County, faster internet is on the way!

FOCUS Broadband was recently awarded a $24.6 million-dollar grant from the USDA’s ReConnect program to provide a 100% fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 4,800 homes and businesses between Rowland, Raemon and Maxton and areas along Singletary Church Road in Robeson County as well as rural areas near Laurinburg, Wagram and Deercroft in Scotland County.

In August, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $4 million-dollar grant from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology GREAT Grant program to provide a 100% fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 1,800 homes and businesses near the rural Robeson County communities of Parkton and Lumber Bridge. FOCUS Broadband will contribute up to $536,000 in matching funds to complete the project.

Last year, FOCUS Broadband was awarded a $2.9 million-dollar grant from the USDA Community Connect program to provide a 100% fiber optic network which will be used to bring high-speed internet to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the rural Robeson County communities of Howellsville and Tolarsville. FOCUS Broadband is contributing up to $450,000 in matching funds to complete the project.

In 2020, FOCUS Broadband was awarded two grants through the North Carolina Department of Information Technology GREAT Grant Program totaling nearly $4 million dollars to bring faster internet to nearly 3,000 homes and businesses in rural communities near Orrum, Proctorville, Five Forks and Marietta. Service is already available for many residents living in these communities. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of 2022. FOCUS Broadband will be contributing over $1.1 million dollars of its own funds to this project.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the many residents, business owners and community leaders who supported us in our work to secure these grants. Your support was a key factor in helping make our application a success. We are excited to be able to serve you.

Please refer to the map below to determine what FOCUS Broadband is doing to improve high speed Internet services in your area.

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February 22, 2024- We have completed our 2020 NC GREAT Grant project and our USDA Community Connect Project with service available in Proctorville, Orrum, Barnesville, Marietta, Five Forks, Bloomingdale, and Howellsville.

FOCUS Broadband won two additional grants in 2022. The first project is funded by an NC GREAT Grant and construction is currently underway. This includes areas around St Pauls, Rex, and Lumber Bridge along US Highway 301 North, NC Highway 20 West, New Bethel Church Road, Rex Church Road, Usher Road, Crenshaw Road, Millionaire Road, McIver Road, and more.

The second project is a $25 million project that will stretch south from the Community Connect project at Howellsville through the communities of Smith, Allenton, Kingdale, Raynham, McDonald, Echo, Hammond Crossroads, Gaddysville, Plainview, Raemon and Seven Bridges. Please see the map below for areas shaded for the ‘ReConnect Grant’.

 

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  Service Available

  Under Construction

  Area Coming Soon

  GREAT Grant - Awarded (Coming 2023-2024)

  Reconnect Grant

 
 

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The map shown is for illustrative purposes. All FOCUS Broadband services may not be available at all addresses. Actual availability of services is not guaranteed and must be verified before an order may be placed. Availability of services at specific addresses may be impacted by a multitude of factors including our ability to obtain permission to construct on private property. Addresses which require construction of network facilities over 1,000 feet may necessitate the customer pay aid in construction charges.

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