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Service Now Available in Buckhead through FOCUS Broadband’s USDA ReConnect Grant

Columbus County, NCFOCUS Broadband has announced that high-speed internet is now available for several areas in the Buckhead Community of Columbus County. Residents and businesses located along Old Lake Road and Buckhead Road now have access to high-speed internet with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit as well as telephone service, digital cable TV, and home security and automation services from FOCUS Broadband. More areas near Buckhead are expected to be made available in the coming weeks.

This project was made possible through a $7.9 million dollar grant awarded to FOCUS Broadband in December of 2019 through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ReConnect Broadband Program. Upon completion of the project, FOCUS Broadband will be able to provide high-speed internet service to more than 4,000 addresses in the rural Columbus County communities of Buckhead, Hallsboro, Lake Waccamaw, Bolton as well as areas around Tabor City and north of Whiteville. Locations where service is already available for residents and businesses include areas outside of Tabor City along Old Stake Road, Hwy. 904 East, and Will Inman Road; portions of Hallsboro and Lake Waccamaw along Sam Potts Highway and Hallsboro Road South; and areas in Bolton along Sam Potts Highway in Bolton. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

“We were awarded the USDA ReConnect Grant in Buckhead at the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Office at the end of 2019,” said Keith Holden, FOCUS Broadband’s CEO and General Manager. “We are thrilled to be able to finally offer service in Buckhead and the surrounding communities through this USDA grant. The grant has allowed us to bring high-speed internet to many rural communities that desperately needed it.”

Through state and federal grant funds from the NC GREAT Grant Program and the United States Department of Agriculture, FOCUS Broadband has worked to bring high-speed internet to rural communities throughout Columbus County for more than a decade. FOCUS Broadband is currently working to apply for additional funding through the 2022 NC GREAT Grant program with hopes to bring high-speed internet into more of the county’s remaining unserved areas. Upon completion of this project, FOCUS Broadband will have invested more than $40 million in broadband projects aimed at improving and expand high-speed internet service in Columbus County.

Residents and businesses located in areas of Buckhead where service is available can sign up for services from FOCUS Broadband service by calling, 888-367-2862. To stay up to date on FOCUS Broadband’s progress to bring high-speed internet to Columbus County, visit www.fastercolumbus.com.

 

 

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