Ultra-high speed fiber expansion enhances economic development for the City of Independence, Ohio.

Independence, OH, January 13, 2015 – Everstream, an all-fiber high speed network service provider, in conjunction with non-profit parent organization, OneCommunity and the City of Independence, Ohio will expand its high-speed fiber network along Brecksville and Rockside Roads.

With this expansion, Everstream will run fiber along Brecksville Road from Selig Road north to Rockside Road making high speed data services available to the City of Independence including the Old Town Hall and the City Hall Annex Building as well as businesses along this route. Everstream is able to run this fiber using existing conduit from the City of Independence. Bay Pointe Tech Services, a partner working in conjunction with Everstream, will deliver high speed Internet services to the City of Independence.

Currently, Everstream offers broadband network services to businesses in Independence along the north side of Rockside Road from Brecksville Road to just west of I-77. Additionally, fiber will be extended along the south side of Rockside Road from the southwest corner of Brecksville Road to west of the I-77 interchange. Fiber connectivity is already available for tenants of the Crown Centre 1 and Summit 3 office buildings located on Rockside.

“The City of Independence is one of the hubs in Northeast Ohio for Information Services and Technology,” said Mayor Gregory P. Kurtz. “This partnership with Everstream will enhance our position as a leader in this sector and puts the City in a great position for economic development activity. As we strive to retain and attract businesses to the City now and in the future, it is essential that we pursue opportunities to improve our fiber-based broadband network.”

As a result of a strategic planning process in 2013, the City of Independence is focused on attracting and retaining high-wage and sustainable employment as well as increasing the local commercial tax base. The Economic Development Strategic Plan will serve as a framework for the City’s business development activities going forward. Increasing access to reliable fiber-based broadband in the Rockside Road corridor was identified as an action item in the strategic plan.

Additionally, this fiber route will provide Independence based businesses with the option to connect to the Health-Tech Corridor. In November, OneCommunity announced the 100 gigabit Health-Tech Corridor project. With the support of a $700K grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency, OneCommunity and the City of Cleveland will build a $1.2-million, ultra-fast, ultra-high-bandwidth fiber-optic network from Downtown to University Circle along the Health-Tech Corridor.

“Through our partnership with Everstream we can provide Independence businesses a direct connection to the innovations taking place in the Health-Tech Corridor,” said Mayor Kurtz. “Seizing the opportunity to expand our access to fiber-based broadband and making these regional connections will put our businesses at the forefront of this rapidly evolving market.”

Everstream shares infrastructure and support teams with OneCommunity, a nonprofit, open broadband network provider, which has spent more than a decade building the most advanced fiber-optic network in Northeast Ohio. Everstream’s broadband network allows businesses to operate a converged IP network capable of delivering robust voice, video, and data services at speeds from 10 mb/s to 100 gb/s.

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