Fri Apr 3, 2020

ATMC to provide public wi-fi hotspots at five county schools 

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By Justin Smith justinsmith@nrcolumbus.com

Revised on: 03.25.2020 at 11:33 a.m.

Posted on: 03.25.2020 at 11:23 a.m. |

ATMC has partnered with Columbus County Schools to create five wi-fi hotspots that will allow Columbus County families to access educational material for their school-aged children while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brunswick County based company announced in a press release Wednesday.

“Gov. Cooper announced that North Carolina public schools will be closed until May 15, making the need for internet access a necessity for educating students during the shutdown,” ATMC said.

The wi-fi hotspots are located at the Columbus Career and College Academy in Fair Bluff, Acme Delco Elementary School, East Columbus High School, Williams Township School and West Columbus High School. The hotspots are open to the public in the parking lot of each school. The hotspots have a range of several hundred feet and users simply need to park within range then connect their wireless device to the ‘CCSGuest’ network. The hotspots will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are working to make the best of this most unusual situation by ensuring that our students continue to
make academic progress,” said Deanne Meadows, Columbus County Schools superintendent. “Our
teachers are developing some really innovative curriculum given the circumstances, and we want all of our
students to be able to have access to it. There are still large areas of Columbus County where fast, reliable
internet is not available. That’s why I appreciate ATMC stepping up to help us provide the online access that is
critical at this time. These hotspots will allow parents and students without access at home to come to these
locations in their vehicles to participate in the online learning.”

In addition to providing hotspots at the five Columbus County locations, ATMC is also offering all homes within
its broadband service area high-speed internet service at no cost for 60 days if they do not currently have
internet service.

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“These are really unprecedented times, and ATMC is certainly glad to be able to do this for students in
Columbus County,” said Keith Holden, ATMC CEO. “We were proud to be able to work with Columbus County
Schools to design and implement solutions that are critical to connecting students who may not have any
other option.”

For more information regarding how to utilize the wi-fi hotspots, visit www.columbus.k12.nc.us.

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