After successful launch, network ripe for businesses to join
CLEVELAND–December 8, 2016–Lakewood successfully launched its Lakewood Public Network, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that offers high-speed fiber connectivity to the city’s schools, public library and 16 city of Lakewood facilities.
Today the project—in its second of a 20-year public/private partnership between Lakewood and Everstream—is ready for phase two: attracting businesses to join the network.
“Everstream’s collaboration with the city of Lakewood provides increased competition to the market while driving forward the availability of high-speed network services and internet access to area businesses,” said Brett Lindsey, president and chief executive officer, Everstream, a superregional fiber-based network service provider.
Everstream designed the network with splice points along the route to both reduce construction costs and speed up installation time frames, making the process as easy as possible for businesses to connect.
With rates as high as 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps), Everstream’s connectivity speeds are more than 1,000 times faster than traditional internet speeds—a significant incentive for businesses.
“Like many cities, Lakewood is committed to attracting new businesses and retaining quality businesses. Because of our ubiquitous fiber footprint across the Midwest, Everstream is uniquely positioned to help cities like Lakewood build a fiber infrastructure that will serve them today and well into the future,” Lindsey said.
“Now is the time to educate current and prospective businesses about the advantages of fiber, the value this ultra-high-speed connection brings and the ease with which Everstream provides it,” he added.
To date, 48 of the 144 strands of fiber optic cabling committed for use by Lakewood’s schools, public library and city facilities are connected. The remaining 96 strands are available for businesses to take advantage of Everstream’s high-speed internet and dark fiber services.
“Our return on investment was realized almost immediately,” said Mike Summers, Lakewood mayor. “The staff, students and community members utilizing our new network have experienced a marked improvement in productivity due to the increased speed. Our previous connection simply cannot compare to this new technology.”
The city of Lakewood funded the build-out of the Lakewood Public Network while Everstream is responsible for its ongoing maintenance. In addition, Everstream has provided the city with a 1 Gbps internet connection at no additional charge.
For more information about connecting to the Everstream network in Lakewood, contact Stacy Ambrose, business development manager, at 216-923-2262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everstream is a superregional network service provider bringing fiber-based Ethernet, internet and data center solutions to businesses throughout the Midwest. We focus on delivering best-in-class network solutions while providing an unrivaled commitment to customer service. With more than 9,500 miles of fiber across five states and comprehensive data center connectivity at 100 Gigabit speed, we provide the fastest network in our service areas. Everstream’s network allows businesses to operate a converged IP network capable of delivering robust voice, video, and data services at speeds from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps. For more information, visit everstream.net.