Lumos/ARPA Broadband Project
Orange County and Lumos Fiber (formerly known as NorthState) entered into a public-private partnership in April 2022 to bring ultra-high-speed fiber internet service to approximately 28,000 homes and businesses in Orange County, including nearly 6,400 locations that previously had little or no internet service. The project, one of the largest fiber infrastructure public-private partnerships in N.C.’s history, is made possible by significant investments from both Lumos and Orange County.
Orange County is using $10 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide fiber service to 6,370 addresses in unserved and underserved areas. Lumos' own investment expands the project and will result in access to best-in-class fiber technology and a competitive choice for fiber service for the additional 18,000 Orange County homes and businesses.
As part of its partnership with Orange County, Lumos will also provide fiber internet service to approximately two dozen county-owned anchor institutions, including fire stations, EMS and community centers.
Service is planned to be available to some areas as early as spring 2023.
“We thank the Orange County Board of Commissioners for selecting Lumos for this crucial community project to help close the digital divide. For those in Orange County who currently have little or no access to fiber internet, this project will be life-changing. It’s simply the fastest internet available,” Lumos CEO Diego Anderson said. “Lumos and Orange County are jointly making large investments in Orange County by installing a fiber-optic network that is future-proof, one that will fuel continuing growth and expanded economic opportunities.”
Lumos' product offering in Orange County will offer speeds up to 2000 Mbps x 2000 Mbps — equating to 154x faster uploads and 12x faster downloads than traditional cable. Residents in the expansion areas will receive communications by mail before construction begins and again when the service is available to order. Consumers can sign up for email updates at www.lumosfiber.com.
The shaded areas in the map above represent Lumos' planned coverage area for the entire project. Orange County's investment will only be used to provide service to the identified unserved areas.
How does the installation work?
Click the video below to see the normal installation process. Individual experiences may vary due to other factors present.