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Grant To Aid Comporium With Broadband Expansion – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 2/22/2021 at 2:48pm

Comporium will bring faster broadband speeds to areas of Transylvania County with a $2.8 million grant from N.C.’s Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program, according to a press release. Altogether, the improvements will require over $7 million. The project includes the construction of 105 miles of fiber optic cable that will provide service to over 800 customers, using a partnership arrangement with Haywood Electric Membership Corporation.

An anticipated start date for construction is still being determined, but once it begins, Comporium expects the construction process to take approximately two years.

“Access to broadband is more important than ever, and Comporium continues to seek ways to extend its cutting-edge services to improve life in Transylvania county,” said Shelia Carland, director and city executive for Comporium’s Transylvania County service area. “Comporium is committed to providing a state-of-the-art network for the communities we serve, and partnerships like this one with Haywood EMC and the state of North Carolina help us ensure that fewer people fall behind because of a technology gap.”

County Manager Jaime Laughter said broadband was “critical infrastructure” for the community.

“It has been evident during the pandemic that we need high-speed internet access at home in order to support our education, economic development and health systems,” she said. “We are thankful that we have Sen. Chuck Edwards and Rep. Jake Johnson advocating for Broadband infrastructure funding at the state level.

“We are also grateful that Comporium staff was willing to collaborate with the county and Land of Sky Regional Council’s Sara Nichols to put forward a successful ask in this round of GREAT grant funding. These investments in our community, Comporium and the state of North Carolina will move us forward in addressing broadband needs.”


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