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Area Code Overlay Approved for North Carolina Piedmont Area

Residents and Businesses Prepare for 336 Area Code Overlay and 10-digit Local Dialing

High Point, NC—September 15, 2015— To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the North Carolina Utilities Commission ordered a 743 Area Code Overlay for the area currently assigned to the 336 area code.   The new 743 area code will be “overlaid” over the same geographical area as the current 336 area code so that two area codes, 743 and 336, will be assigned to the area, generally covering the Piedmont, including the cities of Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington, North Wilkesboro, Roxboro and Asheboro.

New Dialing Pattern

Residential and business customers assigned to the existing 336 area code should prepare for the introduction of the new 743 area code.  Use of an overlay area code requires that customers must dial 10 digits (area code + 7-digit local telephone number) to complete local calls within their area code calling area. To help customers prepare for this change and ensure a smooth transition, beginning October 24, 2015, customers may begin placing local calls by using the new 10-digit local dialing pattern.  Customers may continue to use 7-digit local dialing until April 22, 2016, when that option will come to an end.  Effective on April 23, 2016, all local calls must be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (336 or 743 plus the 7-digit local telephone number). Beginning May 23, 2016, customers in the 336 area code region requesting new service, adding an additional line, or in some cases moving their service, may be assigned new numbers using either 336 or the new 743 area code.

Facts About the New Area Code

The most important facts that consumers and businesses need to know about the upcoming 743 area code overlay are:

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change, but may if you move your service.
  • You will need to dial area code + 7-digit local telephone number for all local calls.
  • For billing purposes, what is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1+ area code + 7-digit local telephone number for all long distance calls.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 911.
  • If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are currently available in your community, you will still dial these codes with just three digits.

Planning for the New Area Code

Customers should identify their telephone number as a ten digit number (area code + 7-digit local telephone number), and include the area code when giving the number to their friends, family, business associates and business customers, etc.

Customers should ensure that all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment recognize the new 743 area code as a valid area code. Some examples are life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Be sure to check your business stationery, website, advertising materials, personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area code is included in your telephone number. Remember that all local calls must be programmed using 10-digits and you need to add “1” for all long distance calls.

336 743 Area Code Overlay Map
For more information, please visit the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s website at www.ncuc.net. If customers have any questions regarding information provided in this release, please call North State Customer Service at 336-886-3600 or send us a message.

NORTH STATE COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES STALWART

Leading data center and cloud services provider obtains leading IT security integrator

High Point, NC—June 24, 2015—North State Communications, a leading fiber optic network, data center and cloud services provider, announces today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Stalwart, a leading IT security integrator. Paired with North State’s 2011 acquisition of DataChambers, Stalwart’s consulting and engineering prowess will help accelerate organizations’ security and operational efficiency. With the move to the cloud have come complex security and compliance challenges. Helping customers migrate to the cloud securely in today’s hyper-connected, hyper-distributed IT environment requires service providers to be more skilled and versatile than ever. With this acquisition, North State is taking another important step towards realizing its vision of bringing these disciplines together.

The acquisition of Stalwart will complement North State’s strategy of building a comprehensive digital ecosystem with which to serve its growing customer base. “North State is extremely pleased to be gaining such a highly qualified and well-rounded IT security firm as Stalwart,” noted Royster Tucker III, CEO of North State. “Their professional integrity and mastery of advanced threat protection are ideal counterparts for DataChambers’ data center and cloud offerings. Bringing Stalwart onboard further fuels our strategic growth and helps round out our ability to effectively address some of the greatest IT challenges facing businesses today.”

Headquartered in Charlotte, Stalwart has operations in the same and adjacent markets as North State and DataChambers. The company will join the North State family of businesses under the continued leadership of Bill Cooper, CEO of Stalwart. “North State is a strategic acquirer who shares our core virtues and beliefs. This, more than anything, will continue to make Stalwart unique and better,” said Cooper. “It is exciting to think of the myriad ways our team will now be able to create additional value for our coveted and growing customer base.”

“The combination of our services and Stalwart’s offerings will allow both of us to provide customers with the most advanced IT solutions in the region. The addition of Stalwart and their expertise pairs well with our state-of-the-art, purpose built data centers in the Charlotte, Raleigh and Triad markets,” added DataChambers CEO, Nick Kottyan.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About North State and DataChambers
North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center colocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at www.NorthState.net or www.DataChambers.com.

About Stalwart
Stalwart is a leading regional security integrator, specializing in advanced persistent threat assessment and hardened infrastructure design, implementation and management services. The company’s innovative blend of security and infrastructure expertise sets it apart from pure-play security practitioners and siloed infrastructure solution providers alike. For more information, please visit www.stalwartsystems.com.

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North state launches hbo® online offerings hbo go® and max go®

More Than 2,000 Titles Now Available Online to North State Customers Who Subscribe to HBO, with More Than 550 Additional Titles Available to Cinemax® Subscribers

High Point, NC—December 12, 2104—North State, a fiber-based Internet and cloud service provider, today announced the launch of HBO’s authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® and MAX GO®. North State customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax will now have free, unlimited access to the corresponding online services at any time, on any computer in the U.S. with a high-speed Internet connection, as well as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select Android devices. HBO subscribers can enjoy even more ways to watch on Apple TV®, Google Chromecast, Xbox 360®, Samsung® Smart TVs, Roku®, Kindle Fire and PlayStation®3.

“The addition of HBO GO and MAX GO to select Fiber TV customers is a highly anticipated upgrade to our TV2GO service,” said Royster Tucker III, CEO of North State. “The user experience and vast selection these two outlets provide is a fantastic complement to an already great service.”

HBO GO, which offers more than 2,000 titles online, allows North State–authenticated HBO customers to instantly watch every episode of every season of the best HBO shows. This includes current series like Game of Thrones®, True Blood® and Boardwalk Empire®, classics like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City® and Deadwood®, as well as HBO original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, comedy specials, and hundreds of the latest blockbuster movies.

HBO’s sister service, MAX GO, adds more than 550 titles of Cinemax programming online, providing  instant access to hundreds of Hollywood hit movies, indies, cult favorites, the MAX After Dark series as well as new and exclusive, primetime high-impact drama series like Strike Back® and BansheeSM, specifically created for the channel.

With the online services, North State customers get most new titles simultaneously with their premiere on the networks; the ability to create a Watch list that keeps track of bookmarked content for later viewing; bonus content including interviews, recaps and behind-the-scenes extras; and customizable views showing titles in slideshow, grid or list format. In addition, HBO GO can be personalized through a Series Pass® capability which automatically alerts viewers to new episodes of favorite HBO programs when they arrive on the service.

HBO GO and MAX GO are the latest additions to HBO’s digital offerings and a perfect complement to HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® with even more viewing choices.  On both services, most programming is available in high definition.

To access online, North State’s HBO and Cinemax subscribers can go to HBOGO.com and MAXGO.com, or simply log onto northstate.net/tv2go. Subscribers can then sign in with their North State user ID and password, make their viewing selection and begin watching. To learn more about fiber offerings from North State in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and businesses of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

About HBO GO® and MAX GO®

HBO GO® and MAX GO® are only accessible in the US and certain US territories where a high speed broadband connection is available. Minimum 3G connection required for viewing on mobile devices. Some restrictions may apply. ©2014 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO®, HBO GO®, Cinemax®, MAX GO®, and related channels and services marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc. All devices, titles and related trademarks are property of their respective owners.

iPad®, iPhone® , iPod touch®  and Apple TV® are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.

Samsung is a registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. HBO GO is not compatible with all models of Samsung® Smart TVs.

Roku and the Roku logo are trademarks of Roku Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Amazon, Kindle, Kindle Fire, and the AmazonKindle logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

“PlayStation” and “PS3” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

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North state expands its gigabit offerings to signature northpoint luxury apartment homes

North State expands its gigabit offerings to Signature Northpoint Luxury Apartment homes

High Point, NC—October 28, a fiber-based Internet and cloud service provider, recently expanded its Fiber Internet and Fiber TV network to Signature Northpoint Apartments, located on Regency Drive in High Point, NC. This makes Signature Northpoint Apartments one of the first apartment communities in the Triad to offer North State’s Gigabit-speed products.

“Signature Northpoint Apartments is a great new luxury living area in the Triad,” said Royster Tucker III, CEO of North State. “Living there is living with our Fiber Internet at your doorstep, which opens up the potential to broaden how you live across the Internet and the Cloud, enjoying all the possibilities that the Internet has to offer”.

“Signature Northpoint Apartments is happy to welcome North State into the community,” said Seth Coker, President of Signature Property Group. “As a luxury apartment community, we maintain only the highest of standards and expect our residents to have access to the technology that parallels our high-end amenities. North State’s Gigabit Internet and stunning HD TV through their fiber network is a welcome addition, and we’re happy to offer it to our residents.”

North State’s fiber network boasts Internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit and more than 250 popular TV channels. Gigabit Internet provides customers with the speed to power every tablet, laptop, gaming system and streaming device in their homes.

To learn more about North State or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and businesses of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

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North state adds the sec network to its fall sports lineup

North state adds the sec network to its fall sports lineup

High Point, NC—October 21, 2014—North State now carries a new network for sports fans: the SEC Network. The SEC Network boasts 24/7 coverage of men’s and women’s basketball, football, softball and other sports as well as replays of classic games and original studio programming across 14 top-tier teams.

“North State has supported our sports fans with targeted, high-quality sports programming,” said Royster Tucker III, Chief Executive Officer of North State, “and the SEC Network continues that trend. This addition to our extraordinary sports lineup delivers another piece to any sports lover’s TV schedule.”

The SEC Network will deliver at least 45 exclusive SEC football games this season. The network will also serve as an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games, and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

To learn more about North State or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and businesses of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

About the SEC Network:

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network that launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7, including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.

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Two more reasons to become a north state fiber tv customer

New offerings include wireless receivers and Enhanced DVR

High Point, NC—October 16, 2014—North State is pleased to announce that it now offers both wireless receivers and Enhanced DVR to Fiber TV customers. Both of these new services give Fiber TV customers the freedom to enjoy their favorite shows anywhere in their home. Enhanced DVR offers approximately 500 Gigabytes of storage space, allowing customers to record and watch more than 100 hours of their favorite shows on their own schedule.

“With wireless receivers, customers can enjoy the big game on their back porch every weekend, and with Enhanced DVR, our customers decide when it is convenient for them to watch their favorite shows,” said Royster Tucker III, Chief Executive Officer at North State. “Our Fiber TV is a great product in itself, and with the inclusion of these two new offerings, we’re taking a further step in creating options that our customers can use to make their Fiber TV experience the best possible.”

To learn more about Enhanced DVR and wireless receivers or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and businesses of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber-optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

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United way of greater high point receives large donation from north state

North State is one of the top 15 United Way corporate donors in the Greater High Point region

High Point, NC—September 25, 2014—North State, a fiber-based Internet and cloud service provider, recently donated $101,500 to the United Way of Greater High Point (“UWGHP”). North State has been a long-time supporter of the UWGHP with a pledge life of more than $1.1 million.

“We couldn’t be happier with this year’s campaign,” said Royster Tucker III, Chief Executive Officer at North State. “This is something that we have done for a long time, but it is great having such a large increase in 2014 from our organization. We are proud of this year’s results and hope this momentum continues to roll into our other community initiatives.”

“Our entire community—particularly the more than 75,000 individuals who are directly helped each year by a United Way agency—are both awed and appreciative of the phenomenal increase at North State this year,” said Bobby Smith, President of the United Way of Greater High Point. “The $40K jump will go down as one of the largest in the history of our United Way, and it also places North State among the top 15 largest donor corporations.”

“North State, a pacesetter in our area, is an organization that year after year produces early campaign momentum for the general campaigns,” said Jane Liebscher, the VP of Resource Development on Pacesetters. “They also help the United Way of Greater High Point’s Cabinet determine the overall campaign goal.”

The internal campaign theme was “Be a Hero.” North State employees participated in competitive challenges between departments raising $51,500 in just nine days. North State matched this year’s donation with an additional $50,000.

To learn more about North State or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and business of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

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North state to serve as the official fiber internet provider of nc’s oldest festival

NORTH STATE TO SERVE AS THE OFFICIAL FIBER INTERNET PROVIDER OF NORTH CAROLINA’S OLDEST FESTIVAL

North State providing Fiber Internet at Everybody’s Day in Thomasville

High Point, NC—September 23, 2014North State, a fiber-based Internet and cloud service provider, is the Official Fiber Internet Provider of the 2014 Everybody’s Day. Everybody’s Day is a street festival dating back more than 100 years in Thomasville, NC and is the oldest festival in North Carolina. This year it’s being held in Downtown Thomasville on September 27th between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

“We’re very happy to be partnered with the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce as the fiber Internet provider of this year’s Everybody’s Day festival,” said Royster Tucker III, Chief Executive Officer at North State. “Increasing possibilities through our fiber network is at the core of North State’s approach, and we’re excited to share this with our neighbors in Thomasville.”

“We are so excited to have North State partnering with us,” said Doug Croft, President of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Everybody’s Day may hold the title of North Carolina’s oldest festival, but we are very modern in our approach to community involvement.”

To learn more about North State or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.
North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and business of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State
North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

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North state announces new way to watch tv, tv2go

NORTH STATE ANNOUNCES NEW WAY TO WATCH TV, TV2GO

High Point, NC—September 16, 2014—North State is now making it easier for you to catch up on your favorite shows with TV2GO, a new way to watch TV on your laptop, tablet or mobile device—anywhere you have Internet access. This complimentary service is available to anyone with a Fiber TV plan. Once they are signed in, North State customers can watch the current offerings from a lineup of more than 40 networks that includes some of the best programming available.

“TV2GO is just one part of why our new fiber-optic service offerings are giving our customers top-of-the-line entertainment options,” said Royster Tucker III, Chief Executive Officer of North State. “With TV2GO, our Fiber TV customers can experience a new kind of freedom that North State is proud to help them achieve.”

Fiber TV customers must first visit the TV2GO portal to sign in with their North State credentials. Customers are then free to watch programs from a variety of networks, including Bravo, Comedy Central, E!, Fox Sports, MTV, National Geographic and many others. For a full list of available networks, visitnorthstate.net/TV2GO.

To learn more about North State or to find out if fiber is available in your area, visit NorthStateFiber.com.

Imagine. Able.

North State’s fiber network delivers Gigabit Internet and stunning HD directly to the homes and business of the Triad, putting everything customers can imagine at their fingertips the moment they imagine it. By creating a world of possibilities, North State wants customers to stop thinking about the things they can’t do and start to imagine all they’ll be able to.

About North State

North State provides homes and businesses with Gigabit speeds on a fiber optic network that includes TV, Internet and communication services. Through their wholly owned subsidiary, DataChambers, North State provides best-in-class data center collocation, cloud, managed data, and disaster recovery services to enterprise customers. Find out more at NorthStateFiber.com or DataChambers.com.

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