Lumos is a telecommunications provider, based in Waynesboro, Virginia; and High Point, North Carolina, United States, offering residential and business optical fiber internet services, VOIP telephone, web hosting, and digital television. The company announced a merger with North State Communications effective August 15, 2022.

Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedAugust 8, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-08-08) (Lumos)
1895 (North State)
HeadquartersWaynesboro, Virginia; High Point, North Carolina
Area served
Virginia , North Carolina and South Carolina
Key people
Brian Stading (CEO)[1]

History of Lumos edit

Lumos formally split from nTelos following the close of business on October 31, 2011.[2] Following a 1-for-2 reverse stock split of nTelos common stock, nTelos shareholders received one share of Lumos common stock for each share of nTelos common stock that they owned following the split.[3][4] Lumos Networks began public trading on the NASDAQ exchange on November 1, 2011, under the ticker symbol LMOS.[4]

As of November 17, 2017, Lumos Networks completed a merger sale to EQT Infrastructure. Lumos stockholders received $18.00 in cash for each share of Lumos Networks common stock they held. Upon completion of the sell Lumos Networks ceased to be a publicly traded company.[5]

On April 10, 2018, EQT Partners purchased a majority stake in Spirit Communications with the intent to combine Spirit with Lumos.[6]

On January 14, 2019, Lumos Networks Corp. ("Lumos") and Spirit Communications ("Spirit") announced that the two companies have been re-branded as Segra. The company's Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) segment retained the Lumos Networks name and would be supported by a team of employees led by Diego Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Residential and Small Business. [7]

History of North State Communications edit

In 1895, local businessmen started the High Point Telephone Exchange in High Point, N.C. In 1899, J.F. Hayden, who started a telephone system in Thomasville, bought the High Point company; both companies grew quickly. In 1905, the High Point company was incorporated as North State Telephone Company. In 1919, Hayden bought the Southern Bell system in High Point, which had operated since 1907. In 1920 North State became the first telephone company in the state to install the automatic-dial system.

In 1929 the company bought the Randleman system, and in 1935 the Thomasville company became part of North State.[8]

In 2004, NorthState began offering DirecTV digital satellite TV.[9]

In 2005, NorthState spent $30 million to begin offering the area's first fiber optic residential service.[10]

In 2007, NorthState's cell phone service changed from Cingular to AT&T.[11] Also in 2007, the company began offering 3G service.[12]

On May 28, 2009, North State announced the brand name Plex, which included both landline and wireless telephone; high-speed Internet capable of 80 Mbits Down and 30Mbits Up; and Plex Advanced TV, a cable TV alternative using Internet Protocol with existing and expanded fiber optic lines capable of delivering HDTV and standard digital TV, as well as video on demand and digital music. The company added fiber optic service in new areas as it began offering the new TV service during summer 2009.[13][14]

In 2010, North State ranked as one of the top 20 telecommunications companies in the United States.[15]

Charlotte-based fiber optic service company Segra, part of MTN Infrastructure TopCo Inc., acquired North State in a $240 million deal completed May 19, 2020.[16] At the time NorthState provided service to a 600-square-mile (1,600 km2) area that includes High Point, Thomasville, Archdale, Randleman, Jamestown, Trinity and parts of Greensboro and Kernersville.

In October 2021, NorthState announced it joined with Lumos Networks. EQT Infrastructure has since sold Segra to Cox Communications. During 2022, NorthState has begun the process of expanding fiber internet services to 48,000 customers in parts of Greensboro, High Point, Oak Ridge, Randleman and Kernersville, and all of Walkertown. On August 9, 2022, NorthState announced plans for further expansion to over 23,000 customers in parts of Bethania, Pfafftown, Lewisville and Winston-Salem as well as 15,000 customers in Asheboro, Franklinville and Ramseur.[17] Also in 2022, NorthState and Orange County, North Carolina announced a partnership to use American Rescue Plan money to bring fiber internet to 28,000 customers in Orange County.[18]

On August 15, 2022, NorthState said Lumos was the name of the new company formed by the merger of NorthState and Lumos Networks.[1]

After the merger edit

On January 10, 2023, Lumos announced it would spend $100 million on 1200 miles of fiber optic lines in Lexington and Richland Counties in South Carolina.[19] On March 28, 2023, Lumos announced plans to expand in the Spartanburg, South Carolina area.[20] On April 4, 2023, Lumos announced plans to expand in New Hanover County in North Carolina.[21] On May 24, 2023, Lumos announced plans for expansion in Harnett and Johnston Counties in North Carolina.[22] During the last six months of 2023, Lumos expanded into Goldsboro, Burlington, Mebane and Clayton in North Carolina.[23]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Craver, Richard (2022-08-15). "NorthState now Lumos; Combined company names new leader". Winston-Salem Journal.
  2. ^ "NTELOS and Lumos to Report Financial Results for Third Quarter 2011". The Wall Street Journal. 2011-11-02. Archived from the original on 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ "NTELOS Holdings Corp. Completes Separation of Lumos Networks Corp". Traders Huddle. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Lumos Networks begins trading on NASDAQ". Virginia Business. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Lumos Networks Completes Sale to EQT Infrastructure | Lumos Networks". Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ "EQT Completes Purchase of Majority Stake in Spirit Communications; Will Combine Assets with Lumos Networks". Lumos Networks. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  7. ^ "Segra - Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications Rebrand as Segra". Segra. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  8. ^ "About North State Communications". Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  9. ^ "North State Communications to provide digital TV services". The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area. 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  10. ^ Normington, Mick (2005-06-17). "North State bets on home delivery of fiber-optic cable". The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  11. ^ "Cingular Wireless from North State Is Now AT&T wireless from North State". 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  12. ^ "Area Wireless Connections Pick Up Speed". 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  13. ^ "North State launches digital TV product". The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  14. ^ "North State Launches Plex Brand Including Debut of New Digital TV Product". dBusinessNews. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  15. ^ "Facts about NSC". Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  16. ^ Craver, Richard (2020-05-20). "The Briefcase: N.C. gains $27.7M from Santander lawsuit settlement". Winston-Salem Journal. p. 8A.
  17. ^ Craver, Richard (2022-08-09). "NorthState plans high-speed fiber expansion into western Forsyth, northern Winston-Salem". Winston-Salem Journal.
  18. ^ "Orange Co. to partner with NorthState to bring broadband internet to 28,000 homes, businesses". The News of Orange County. 2022-04-28.
  19. ^ Craver, Richard (2023-01-11). "Lumos expanding services into Columbia, SC". Winston-Salem Journal.
  20. ^ Craver, Richard (2023-03-28). "Lumos expanding S.C. fiber-optic network". Winston-Salem Journal.
  21. ^ Craver, Richard (2023-04-04). "Lumos announces network plans for New Hanover County". Winston-Salem Journal.
  22. ^ Craver, Richard (2023-05-25). "Lumos expanding fiber-optic network to Triangle region". Winston-Salem Journal.
  23. ^ Gordon, Brian (2023-12-05). "With Clayton launch, new fiber internet provider extends to surrounding Triangle towns". News and Observer.

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