HIGH POINTLumos, a fiber-optic internet and home Wi-Fi service provider, is celebrating its expanded access into Goldsboro. The company plans to connect 15,000 underserved homes in the Goldsboro area, including nearly 100% of the homes within the city limits.

The service availability represents the first fiber internet provider for the area and the ceremony included appearances from local partners the Kramden Institute, Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni & Friends, and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

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Expanding Access

The company has taken advantage of North Carolina’s “Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology” or GREAT grants to cover this expansion. In July of this year, the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) awarded Lumos with funds to support expanded broadband infrastructure in Durham, Guilford, and Wayne counties. The company was also awarded more than $7 million in GREAT funds in August of 2022 to support service expansion to more than 2,600 homes and businesses in Alamance and Randolph counties.

The company has received other grants at the county level as well as outside funding to support its continued network expansion.

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Lumos makes fiber network access available at no cost for eligible households. The Lumos $30 internet plan can be covered by the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) benefits for those who qualify, effectively delivering high-speed internet for free.

“Lumos is proactively working to bridge the digital divide,” said Lumos Vice President of Market Development, Derek Kelly in the press release, “and during this year’s Digital Inclusion Week, we are proud to be working towards reducing digital disparities in North Carolina.”

Lumos, which currently provides voice and streaming services to more than 250,000 customers in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, is planning to expand coverage to Wilmington and Walkertown, NC, as well as numerous cities in Virginia. To see coverage availability for your area, visit https://www.lumosfiber.com/builtforthefuture/.