Press Release

Charlotte, N.C. — March 13, 2024 — Brightspeed, the nation’s fifth largest incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) focused on empowering more homes with ultrafast, reliable internet, has started fiber deployment in and around Fayetteville, N.C. and Rocky Mount, N.C.

Right now, engineering, permitting and construction are underway in both communities to connect the more than 115,000 local homes and businesses that Brightspeed will soon serve. In Cumberland County, nearly 1,000 of the more than 85,000 addresses are already online, and 13,000 of the approximately 30,000 in Rocky Mount are ready for customers to upgrade their service. 

What to Expect During Construction

Families and businesses in both counties have likely already seen our Brightspeed trucks in their neighborhoods as our crews work to bring them online. Brightspeed’s highest priority is working quickly and efficiently within our local communities, keeping safety at the forefront.

Customers can check for fiber availability in their area by visiting and sign up to receive alerts when service is available at their location.

North Carolina is Getting the Best in Broadband

The Brightspeed Fiber Internet network leverages the latest XGS-PON (10-Gigabit Symmetric Passive Optical Network) technology to bring boosted gig-speed capabilities and consistent responsiveness. It will enable multi-device households to connect, work, study, stream, communicate, and game efficiently and reliably in Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and surrounding areas.

Brightspeed Fiber is More Than Just Internet

Put simply, high-speed internet equals opportunity for households and businesses alike. Ensuring everyone has access to fast, reliable and affordable internet and Wi-Fi will have a major impact on the rural-urban digital divide. That’s why we’re building our smart, fiber optics-based network in communities like Fayetteville — so residents and business owners have the reliable connectivity they need to work, learn, play and thrive. 

Brightspeed is already investing $2 billion in deploying next-generation fiber-optic technology to build a more reliable, super-fast broadband internet network that will reach more than three million homes and businesses across 20 states. Additionally, Brightspeed is pursuing state and federal funding to augment its current fiber network build plan in North Carolina to help close the digital divide across the state’s counties.

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