|[February 11, 2014]
Comporium Announces Zipstream, Ultra-fast Internet Service for Knowledge Park
ROCK HILL, S.C. --(Business Wire)--
This morning Comporium announced that it has begun the design of a new,
state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that will provide ultra-fast
internet service to Rock Hill's "Knowledge Park."
Named Zipstream, the service will provide internet speeds of 1,000
megabits per second (mbps) - or one Gigabit - to downtown Rock Hill by
this summer, and will be offered to new businesses and residents of the
Bleachery area as it is developed.
In December 2013 Comporium's affiliate in the South Carolina Lowcountry,
Home Telecom, announced that it would provide Gigabit services to
MeadWestvaco's new Nexton community in Summerville. Downtown Rock Hill
will join Nexton in becoming the first two Gigabit communities in South
Carolina, and, for Rock Hill, the first in both the South Carolina
Upstate and Charlotte metropolitan areas. In fact, Comporium believes
there are less than two dozen Gigabit communities in the United States
at this time.
Zipstream will provide both upload and download speeds of 1 Gbps. That
is almost 85 times faster than Comporium's standard internet service.
While the obvious benefits of this speed include lightning-fast movie
downloads and incredibly rich on-line games, the biggest immediate
benefits will be seen by the businesses that will call Knowledge Park
home - businesses that need to transmit very large data files (e.g.,
graphics, video, complex designs). Because of Zipstream, Sora-Phelps,
the master developer of the Bleachery property at th heart of Knowledge
Park, will be able to target businesses in a variety of high-tech and
information technology fields.
Comporium is matching Zipstream's state-of-the-art technology with an
equally aggressive price. Zipstream will be available to residents of
Knowledge Park for $99.00 per month, and to businesses for $299 per
month. For that price business will receive additional services such as
service level agreements (SLAs) and additional email storage space.
"Knowledge Park is an exciting economic development plan that is the
result of an unprecedented level of collaboration and coordination
between Comporium, other Rock Hill businesses, Rock Hill Economic
Development Corporation, Winthrop, York Tech, and others," said Bryant
Barnes, president and CEO of Comporium. "We are very pleased to be able
to offer Zipstream in Knowledge Park to help ensure that the area
becomes a recognized hub for recruiting, launching and growing
high-impact technology businesses."
Zipstream is dependent upon a state-of-the-art network that contains
three things: 1) all-fiber delivery, 2) cutting-edge network equipment,
and 3) a robust path to the internet backbone that can carry
significantly larger amounts of data than is carried today. For this
reason, Zipstream will initially only be available in Knowledge Park.
Specifically, Zipstream will be available on Main, Black, and White
Streets between Old Town East and Dave Lyle Boulevard, and along White
Street between Dave Lyle and the Bleachery. Comporium looks forward to
bringing Zipstream to the Winthrop campus in the near future.
One of the first buildings to be offered Zipstream will be the Citizen
Building, home to the Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park, which
supports the formation and development of technology companies, and The
Hive, an internet marketing, communications, and technology training
Comporium is a privately-held, diversified technology and communications
company that focuses on exceeding its customers' expectations with
technologically advanced services that make customers' lives easier. It
is invested in companies that focus on data, switching, transport,
storage, and intellectual property that recognizes the emerging
importance of a connected world. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.
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