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GREENVILLE, N.C. – , a California-based wireless service provider, hopes to use U.S. federal broadband funds to build a broadband network along the North Carolina coast.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported Monday that Cleartalk expects to hear next month if it will get $50 million in federal stimulus money to build a wireless network in 38 counties stretching from the Outer Banks to Wilmington.

The company plans to build 392 towers that will bring broadband service to about 2 million people.

Clear Talk has aggressive growth plans.

“Over 7,399,510 people could get the best high speed wireless technology at a very reasonable cost if our broadband stimulus applications are approved,” the company says on its Web site.

Cleartalk has built similar networks or wants to expand in in other states, including California, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Idaho, Illinois, Texas.

Triangle-based MCNC and the Mountain Area Information Network in Asheville are among other entities seeking broadband funds for expansion in N.C.