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NorthState provides high-speed fiber internet, wall-to-wall Wi-Fi, voice, and Fiber TV services to residential and small business customers in NC as well as in VA, where we’re known as Lumos Networks. 

But we are more than your average internet company. Our customers enjoy the fastest fiber speeds available built on a network they can truly count on – all backed by local, expert customer care teams. We know that fast, reliable internet is what you need to stay connected to the things that matter. And your connection is our commitment. 

NorthState and Lumos Networks are a part of Segra, one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S, headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

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Leadership Team

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    Diego B. Anderson

    Senior Vice President and General Manager

    Diego Anderson serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Lumos Networks and NorthState business units, both divisions of Segra. Originally from South Carolina, Diego earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from South Carolina State, a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in the Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. He has more than 25 years of telecom experience in various business management and executive leadership roles.

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    Kristina H. Stone

    Vice President of Care and Service Delivery

    Kristy Stone is Vice President of Care and Service Delivery and leads the teams responsible for customer service and technical support, as well as service delivery for Lumos Networks and NorthState. Originally from North Carolina, Kristy holds B.A. in Accounting and Economics, and a MBA Eq. from Gardner Webb College and ATT University. Kristy has 30 years of telecom experience and various craft and management roles in more than 22 states. She is certified by Satmetrix in Net Promoter Score and is a Six Sigma green belt.

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    David L. Smith

    Vice President of Technical Operations and Planning

    David Smith is Vice President of Technical Operations and Planning for Lumos Networks and NorthState. He leads network and field operations, engineering, outside plant, and project management teams. Originally from Covington, VA, David holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from Bridgewater College, and a MBA from Averett University. He has more than 12 years of experience in Information Technology and Telecommunications and has held a variety of business management leadership roles.

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    Karen Hoch

    Director of Marketing

    Karen Hoch serves as Director of Marketing for Segra’s Lumos Networks and NorthState brands. She has extensive experience as a marketing leader creating integrated programs to enhance brand loyalty and drive new business. Karen is a native of North Carolina and holds a B.S.B.A. in Business from Salem College.

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    John Spilman

    Senior Director, Product Management

    John Spilman is Senior Director of Product Management and leads product lifecycle management and market analytics for Segra’s Lumos Networks and NorthState brand service offerings. John is originally from West Chester, PA and holds a B.A. in Economics from Randolph-Macon College. He has experience in various leadership roles within product development, operations, regulatory affairs, and finance successfully supporting the launch and management of new fiber-based services and applications.

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    Heidi K. Padgett

    Director of Sales

    Heidi Padgett is Director of Sales, Community Services, and leads the organization in supporting new sales opportunities across residential and business segments throughout the Lumos Networks and NorthState service areas. Heidi is originally from Bedford, VA, and has more than 20 years of telecom industry experience in various customer support and sales leadership roles.

Our History

NorthState was initially established as High Point Telephone Exchange by local businessmen in 1895. In 1899, J.F. Hayden, an inventor and visionary who had earlier pioneered the first telephone system in neighboring Thomasville, purchased the High Point company and rapidly began expanding both systems.

In 1905, Hayden incorporated the High Point-based company and changed the name to North State Telephone Company. In 1919, Hayden purchased High Point’s competing Southern Bell system, which had been operating since 1907. In 1920, NorthState earned broad recognition when it became the first telephone company in the state to install the automatic-dial system.

In 1929, the company purchased the Randleman telephone system. The company continued its pattern of innovation and growth when the Thomasville company was merged into NorthState in 1935.

In 2020, NorthState was acquired by Segra. It continues to build upon a full range of fiber-based personal, home and small business products and services, including broadband Internet, voice services, digital television services, and more. NorthState, a Segra company, serves a broad area of the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, including the communities of High Point, Thomasville, Archdale, Randleman, Jamestown, Trinity, Greensboro and Kernersville.

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Recent Press Releases

Bring A Toy For Gifts For Kids To Wake Forest Game

December 2, 2016
The 28th year of FOX8 Gifts for Kids, a holiday campaign that collects gifts for The Salvation Army of the Triad, is underway.  As part of this year’s Gifts for Kids campaign, game sponsor North State is asking fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Wake Forest vs. UNC-Charlotte basketball game at Lawrence Joel Veterans… read more

Free Showing Of The Polar Express To Support Gifts For Kids

November 18, 2016
The 28th year of FOX8 Gifts for Kids, a holiday campaign that collects gifts for The Salvation Armies of the Piedmont Triad, is underway.  As part of this year’s Gifts for Kids campaign, North State is sponsoring a screening of the holiday classic film The Polar Express at the Carolina Theatre, located at 310 South Greene Street in… read more

Tri-Gig Regional Collaborative Selects North State To Evaluate Broadband Infrastructure Plan

November 15, 2016
North State has been selected by the City of Greensboro, along with the cities of Burlington and High Point, Guilford County, UNC Greensboro, NC A&T State University and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) as its preferred vendor to initiate discussions regarding regional high-speed broadband efforts. This collaboration, known as Tri-Gig, is to encourage the development… read more

North State Announces New Fiber Equipped Building In Downtown Greensboro

June 22, 2016
North State announced today the availability of Fiber Internet at 101 S. Elm Street in Greensboro. This five-story office building is located at the corner of South Elm Street and East Market Street. It offers a full-service health club, a print shop and customizable office suites—all now with Fiber Internet. Upgrading to North State’s Fiber Internet… read more

Mandatory 10-digit Local Dialing Is Here

March 21, 2016
For Callers in the North Carolina 336 Area Code Starting April 23, 2016, all local calls made within the North Carolina 336 area code must be placed using the 10 digit telephone number (area code plus the 7-digit local telephone number), whether using home telephone service or cellular service. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone… read more