Columbus County Goes Wireless

JANUARY 16, 2006 -- A new wireless company is bringing high speed internet service to Columbus County, serving as an alternative for residents stuck with dial-up.

Web-Link Wireless, a company run by Whiteville businessman Tim Blackmon, is looking to capitalize on the more than 40% of rural residents who have no access to broadband internet service.

The company plans to put up six antennae to cover the county. The first will go up in Whiteville in the courthouse square. Following that, they'll be placed in Lake Waccamaw and Tabor City as the service expands.

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Reported by Joe Keiley