Chamber Chat - Randolph Telephone Telecommunications Inc.

May 14

By Meg Moss


When Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation was formed in 1954, its purpose was to bring telephone service to rural communities. Today, Randolph Communications serves eight different exchanges in seven counties in North Carolina with much more than telephone services, including high speed internet, PTV, 4G Wireless, camera surveillance, computer services, business networking, and fiber to the home. Fiber to the home is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator's switching equipment to a home or business. Fiber to the home is a relatively new, fast-growing method of providing more bandwidth for video, Internet and voice services.

Randolph has made progress. And where there is progress, there can be business and economic development. Randolph Communications is making strides here in Lee County. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, and seeing an unmet need, Randolph is creating opportunities to help Lee County businesses and citizens succeed.

In an April 20, 2016 article, the Sanford Herald reported that the Lee County commissioners approved a bid from Randolph Communications to construct fiber-optic internet infrastructure capable of reaching speeds up to 1 GB per second. The infrastructure will be focused at the Central Carolina Enterprise Park expansion, but the high-speed internet will be available to numerous residents and businesses in the corridor as well.

Central Carolina Enterprise Park is a key part of the growth plan for Lee County’s economic development with hopes for the park to spur new businesses.

For the project reaching Enterprise Park, County Manager John Crumpton indicated the fiber optic Internet would be available to 14 churches, two fire stations, 494 commercial businesses and 2,638 residences in the county.

This project, which is near completion, delivers the necessary capability at the Park, as well as provides some citizens in the county the opportunity to have broadband, where they have not had that opportunity previously.

Randolph Communications also worked on a Chatham County Broadband expansion on Highway 42 that will connect them to a fiber hub near Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). The CCCC connection from Carbonton has been complete since the early part of 2017. The total project will give Lee County fiber connectivity from Hwy 42 near Carbonton to the Industrial Park expansion. The path from Highway 42 to the Industrial Park expansion will be complete on May 19, 2017 as long as weather cooperates and all that will be left is an 8,000 ft piece on Clyde Rhyne drive.  However, the project in its entirety will be complete as scheduled by June 30, 2017. The fiber paths they are constructing to CCCC and the Enterprise Park will give more than 2,000 properties along the way access to services they provide.

On Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 am, the Randolph Telephone Telecommunications location at 2262 Jefferson Davis Highway in Tramway will hold a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their expansion into Lee County.

All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting celebration, and we hope to see you there!

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