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NC GREAT Grant Project News Release

Star Communications completes NC GREAT Grant Project in Bladen County::Bladen County NC – Star Communications announced today that it has completed its NC GREAT Grant project in Bladen County. With the completion of this project , households and businesses in the area of Pusey’s Store, Mote Road and Oak Grove Church communities in Bladen County now have access to high speed internet with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit as well as digital cable TV, home telephone and security services.

These three projects in Bladen County were made possible through an $850,000 grant from the NC GREAT Grant program awarded to Star in May of 2019. The NC GREAT Grant program was established in 2018 by Governor Roy Cooper and the NC General Assembly and facilitated through the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT). Star Communications was required to make a matching dollar for dollar investment of $850,000 for the grant areas. This project will make possible fiber optic connectivity to more than 400 homes, farms and businesses in Bladen County.

“Star Communications is very pleased to announce the completion of this project in these communities in Bladen County making fiber optic broadband services available to residents,” said Jeff Nethercutt, Star Communications Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We are very grateful to NCDIT, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper’s office for making these funds available. Broadband availability in these areas will serve as a tremendous tool for economic development, distance learning and access to the global economies of the 21st century.”

Star Communications was also awarded a $23.4 million dollar USDA ReConnect Grant in 2019 to serve more than 8,600 homes, farms, businesses and critical care facilities in portions of Sampson and Bladen County. Star Communications will provide matching funds in the amount of $7.4 million dollars for a total investment in excess of $30 million dollars in the expansion of broadband in these rural communities.

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2020 Scholarship Programs

2020 STAR COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIP::It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of Star Communications has chosen to offer the Star Communication Scholarship Program to all 2020 area high school seniors. The scholarship program is open to all high school seniors who have one of the Star Communications services in their residence on record with their respective school (proof of service will be required) and plan to further their education at a four-year college or university.

If you are interested in applying for one of the five $1,000 (non-renewable) scholarships, follow the link for more information. All applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2020. If you have any questions, please email

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View the Star Communications Scholarship Application

2020 FOUNDATION FOR RURAL SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP::: Available to high school seniors, Star Communications is pleased to announce the Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship.

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