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ATMC plans to upgrade to 4G 

In June ATMC is expected begin upgrading its countywide wireless network to High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) 4G technology.

“Just over five years ago, we set out to build Brunswick County’s largest, fastest and best wireless network,” said Allen Russ, CEO of ATMC,=. “Today, we have met that goal but we are not stopping. This project to upgrade to 4G using HSPA+ technology will provide wireless network speeds up to four times faster than our current 3G network. The capabilities it will provide will give our ATMC Wireless customers a wireless experience that is second to none.”

4G is the acronym given to fourth generation wireless technology, which provides mobile broadband speeds of up to 6 Mbps. The cooperative is upgrading its Brunswick County wireless network to 4G technology and adding enhanced backhaul connections to transport data from existing wireless transmission sites.

“Enhanced backhaul is key to providing the wireless capabilities of the future,” commented Roger Cox, ATMC’s executive vice president for wireless operations. “As wireless service advances, it requires greater amounts of backhaul bandwidth. Building a fiber optic connection to each wireless tower enables our wireless network to have the most robust backhaul connection of any wireless provider.”

At present, ATMC, through its subsidiary ATMC Wireless, owns and operates Brunswick County’s largest and fastest wireless network with 46 wireless transmission sites utilizing 3G technology. As Brunswick County’s only locally owned wireless provider, the company has been aggressive in working to provide wireless service in many of the county’s rural areas the national wireless providers will not cover.

To date, ATMC has invested more than $28 million dollars on wireless coverage in Brunswick County alone and has a dropped call rate of less than 1 percent, which is better than the national average of any major provider. ATMC Wireless customers also have access to the worldwide AT&T wireless network. 

“Our migration from 2G to 3G technology was a great improvement because it served to enhance voice quality and reduce dropped calls,” Cox added. “The evolution to HSPA+ 4G technology will deliver more consistent and faster mobile broadband speeds allowing for a better user experience.” 

ATMC Wireless is a subsidiary of Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation and has been selected as Brunswick County’s Best Wireless Provider in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best of Brunswick awards. A licensed provider of wireless services from AT&T, ATMC Wireless is part of the nationwide AT&T wireless network.

Baker earns   CRS designation

Karen Baker, a Sunset Beach Realtor, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 realtors nationwide have earned the credential.

Homebuyers and sellers can be assured CRS designees subscribe to the strict Realtor code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

Baker is a sales associate with Carolina Coastal Lifestyles Realty in Sunset Beach. She is a member of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR), Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors (CCAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR), REBAC (Exclusive Buyer Agency), ePRO (Internet Expert) and SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Representative).

Arbor Landing plans workshop

Veterans Financial Inc. will host an educational workshop at Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle to review the benefit and to explain all of the criteria for eligibility at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Call Arbor Landing at 754-8080 to RSVP for this event. 

Many who are considering senior living are unaware that wartime veterans and their surviving spouses may be eligible for a significant monthly pension, ranging from $1,056-$1,949 per month, from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle is committed to making the assistance and the lifestyle veterans deserve more affordable. To make this possible, the community has arranged for its residents and prospective residents to receive assistance with applying for the Aid & Attendance benefit at no cost to them through Veterans Financial Inc.

Veteran’s Financial Inc. has helped more than 40,000 veteran families learn about the Aid & Attendance benefit. If eligible, this monthly income can help offset the cost of the living at Arbor Landing by more than 80 percent. To be eligible, veterans must have served 90 days or more with at least one day during a war time period (World War II, Korea, Vietnam).

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle is on N.C. 179 near Ocean Isle Beach. The community offers retirement living with assisted services. For questions regarding Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle or to schedule a tour, contact Amy Causey at 754-8080 or e-mail acausey@ridgecare.com.

Carillon named Best of Class

Carillon Assisted Living of Southport was presented with the 2011 Carillon Best of Class award for the second year in a row for the Highest Resident Satisfaction, as measured across all categories, according to Jan Park, executive director at Carillon Assisted Living of Southport.

The Best of Class Award was also presented to Becky Newman for the fourth time for excellence in her role as administrative assistant and Joan Comstock for the second time for her outstanding programming as activity director at Carillon Assisted Living of Southport.

Carillon Assisted Living has 14 assisted living communities throughout North Carolina. Carillon provides residential care for seniors while seeking to enrich their physical, emotional and social well being. Carillon’s cornerstones are preservation of dignity and independence through resident care, social life and dining.

Ellis joins A Grade Above

A Grade Above Realty in Ocean Isle Beach has announced that Larry Ellis has joined its realty team.

Ellis, who graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in environmental health, had previously worked with the North Carolina Alliance for Public Health as a registered environmental health specialist. He also has worked with the Brunswick, New Hanover and Macon County health departments. 

Spending his spare time working with the local chapter of the Habitat for Humanity is rewarding for Ellis, and he enjoys every minute of it.

His primary focus with A Grade Above Realty will be to specialize in the residential housing market in Brunswick County and the surrounding areas. He comes with extensive knowledge of the area and has observed many subdivisions from the initial phase to final completion. Ellis can be reached at 579-7999.