Lumos to start construction on $56 million fiber optic internet project


North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Lumos has announced the completion of engineering for its fiber optic internet expansion in New Hanover County, with plans to begin construction soon.

In April 2023, Lumos launched a $56 million project to build 655 miles of the latest fiber optic technology in portions of Wilmington and Carolina Beach, as well as the communities of Ogden, Myrtle Grove, Castle Hayne, and Wrightsboro.

The permitting process is underway to allow construction in the rights-of-way.

“Wilmington is growing exponentially, and its economy is booming,” Lumos CEO Brian Stading said in a statement. “The city needs access to ultra-fast and reliable internet to support the growth. Lumos is committed to meeting the current and future demands for internet access, supporting the economy and enhancing residents’ overall quality of life.”

As the first fiber provider for most of the area, Lumos’ expansion will provide unlimited data capacity, speed, and reliability.

Backing from local leaders has enabled Lumos to expand and invest in the Wilmington area, connecting underserved communities with 100% fiber optic internet.

“With Lumos Fiber’s investment in optical fiber, Wilmington can confidently step into a new digitally empowered era, “said Natalie English, president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “In a world where speed is paramount, our community wholeheartedly embraces this leap forward, understanding that superfast broadband is about empowering our workforce, nurturing innovation, and fostering a vibrant, connected community.”

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