UScellular Joins Northampton County’s Effort to Provide Broadband Access to Local Residents
Jackson, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2022) – UScellular is partnering with Northampton County to ensure that more residents have access to reliable and affordable high-speed connectivity in their homes and on-the-go.
UScellular will offer a Northampton-exclusive High-Speed Internet offering with free installation and discounted equipment thanks to supplemental funding from the County. This service can deliver the broadband speeds households and businesses need for video conferencing, commerce, education, healthcare and streaming entertainment, and it is expected to be available later this year. To learn more about service availability in advance of launch, interested citizens of Northampton County are encouraged to visit UScellular’s stores in Roanoke Rapids (297 Premier Blvd) and Ahoskie (1428A E. Memorial Drive).
“Internet access – both at home and on-the-go – is an essential element of life, so we applaud Northampton County for leading the way in bringing high-speed broadband service to hard-to-reach areas,” said Jeremy Taylor, director of sales and operations for UScellular in North Carolina. “At UScellular, we are committed to providing reliable and affordable high-speed Internet options for everyone, and we look forward to ensuring residents and businesses can be connected to the people and places that matter most.”
Many parts of Northampton County currently only have access to unreliable and expensive connectivity options, so wireless is a welcomed alternative. The investment by both UScellular and the County ensures that Northampton County residents have the same access as their more urban counterparts and can also help spur economic development in the region.
The current agreement leverages UScellular’s existing infrastructure in the county. With future partnerships and federal funding assistance from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, UScellular expects to upgrade its tower equipment to increase speeds and may be able to construct new towers in the county to fill in any coverage gaps.
To further support residents, UScellular participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and the Lifeline Program to help eligible households pay for internet and wireless service. More information on UScellular’s approach to bridging the digital divide is available at www.newsroom.uscellular/connecting-us.
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.