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Broadband provider investing $50M for ultra fast internet in Durham, Orange counties – Brospar Daily News

Durham— Internet users who want faster speeds will soon have an alternative to High Point-based services luminous said it would invest $50 million to expand its network in parts of Durham and Orange County.

Lumos recently received a $7 million grant from North Carolina to add more fiber in Alamance and Randolph counties. The company changed its name to a new name earlier this month and added a new CEO. The company traces its roots to the former Northern State Communications Company and Virginia-based Lumos Networks. They are combined as Part of the deal made by Cox Communications.

The expansion will begin in 2023 and will eventually cover around 35,000 homes and businesses, Lumos said.

Google Fiber, AT&T, Frontier and other providers also offer access in select areas of both counties.

According to Lumos, speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second will be provided, more than 10 times faster than traditional cable access.

Business plans start at $99 per month.

Family plans start at $50 per month and extend up to $100 per month depending on internet speed.

Brian Statin (Photo Lumos)

“The world is more connected than ever. Lumos aims to unleash the potential of the digital world by delivering 100% fiber internet – from work-from-home environments to telehealth to the gig economy – and we’re helping to ensure our local communities and small businesses don’t. won’t get, said Brian Stading, CEO of Lumos, who was appointed to the role in August. “This expansion underscores Lumos’ commitment to bringing a competitive advantage to the community. selection and the best technology to create a connection with the future. “

Stading met with Governor Roy Cooper last week when he announced the state’s latest round of broadband funding.

Lumos already provides fiber optic access to approximately 200,000 homes in North Carolina and Virginia.

“We have partnered with Lumos to provide high-speed Internet access to more than 24,000 locations in Orange County,” said Orange County Commission Chair Renee Price. “We are thrilled that this additional project will provide fiber to 1,500 additional homes in East Orange. County and business broadband access.

NorthState is now independent after selling parent company Segra to Cox Communications

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