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North State banking on fiber network

August 31, 2014

By Pat Kimbrough, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Aug. 31--HIGH POINT -- North State CEO Royster Tucker III says the High Point-based telecommunications company is leading the way when it comes to the latest technology.

The company recently began offering gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers.

North State has invested about $80 million over the last four years installing fiber optic cables to support gigabit broadband -- a super-fast Internet service which North State is the first to provide in the High Point area.

"We see what we refer to as fiber Internet as being our core product, and we'll be expanding it in portions of the Triad in the coming months and years," Tucker said. "The rollout phase will continue over the next several weeks to the point where approximately 50,000 homes and businesses will have it available by the end of the year."

The service is available to residential customers at $70 per month, Tucker said, and can be combined with a fiber TV offering for $99 a month.

"Our goal over the next two to three years is to become the leading solution in the Triad for gigabit-speed fiber Internet and TV service," he said.

The company's strategy is to offer a "mass-market" version of gigabit Internet for homes and small businesses.

"This opens up all the possibilities of things they can do over the Internet as a business," Tucker said. "What it really opens up is a lot of business applications. With gigabit speeds, you're opening up all the possibilities to improve your business." -- 888-3531


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