ALTIUS COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO CONNECT RURAL KENTUCKY WITH BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE
Green River Area Development District partners with ALTIUS Communications, Cinergy Communications and DCI of Tennessee for Wireless Broadband Project
PHOENIX, MD (August 13, 2007) — ALTIUS Communications, a Maryland-based supplier of broadband products and services, has announced a collaborative project in Kentucky's Green River Area Development District (GRADD) with Cinergy Communications and Digital Connections Inc. (DCI) of Tennessee to provide rural communities with $2.3 million in technology infrastructure equipment for broadband wireless service.
The project includes the delivery and installation of Motorola Canopy equipment that will create a network capable of supporting the rural areas of Kentucky and business development needs of the state. ALTIUS put together the team of DCI for infrastructure build out, Cinergy for customer acquisition and fulfillment, while ALTIUS handled equipment procurement, distribution and logistics management. The three-company team presented a plan to GRADD in October of 2006, and they were awarded the project in April of 2007.
In early 2006, a team led by nonprofit Connect Kentucky (connectkentucky.com) set about mapping the rural Green River Area Development District to identify the rural communities' infrastructure needs for providing homes and businesses with broadband services. A fixed wireless network will be deployed in seven counties in Northwestern Kentucky, including the approximately 2,700 square miles in Daviess, McLean, Hancock, Henderson, Webster, Ohio and Union counties. The project area includes approximately 60,000 households in the district.
During the initial deployment, all equipment will be using the Motorola Canopy 900MHz Platform for distribution to customers. Additionally, Motorola's Canopy 5.8GHz backhaul technology will be used to link each of the 28 towers in the design.
"The GRADD project is thought to be the largest one-time deployment of fixed wireless in the country," said Jim Connor, president of ALTIUS Communications. "Our partnership with Cinergy and DCI will serve as a model for communities throughout the United States on expanding broadband services in some of the most remote areas to ensure their connectivity."
The majority of the project's installation will utilize external radios. In addition, indoor units will be installed in some areas enabling not only home and business owners to access wireless broadband service, but residents in apartments and condominium properties as well. Self installation will allow customers to acquire radios for instant broadband connectivity in their homes.
"DCI of Tennessee was responsible for the design, deployment, and management of the network," said Lee Williams, Chairman and CEO of DCI. "DCI is proud to be a part of this project and we look forward to working with ALTIUS, Cinergy and Motorola to deliver an outstanding project."
"Cinergy Communications is excited to part of a groundbreaking project of this nature," said Pat Heck, Vice President of Mass Market Services for Cinergy Communications. "Our company's focus has always been on underserved markets, and this partnership with ALTIUS and DCI will allow us to bring services to rural areas no broadband provider has attempted to serve."
The project commenced in July 2007 with an expected completion date in late October 2007.
About ALTIUS Communications:
Headquartered in Phoenix , MD, ALTIUS Communications was established in 2005 to support the rapidly growing Broadband Wireless Access ( BWA) market. The company maintains a presence around the world through a network of customers and integrator partners. Founded by Jim Connor, an industry executive with considerable expertise in wireless technologies, ALTIUS partners with best-of-breed manufacturers in the BWA space to provide the most innovative solutions available for public and private sector clients. Additional information is available online at www.altiuscomm.com.
About Digital Connections, Inc:
Headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, DCI was established in 1993. DCI's sole purpose is to provide Voice and IT services, support and equipment, primarily in the Southeastern part of the U.S. It is DCI's mission to understand the interfaces across the converged network and deliver high end technical support. Additional information is available online at www.digitalconnections.com
About Cinergy Communications:
With operational headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, Cinergy Communications offers a full-line of telephone service, including VoIP and long distance service, Internet access, web hosting and custom-designed network solutions to meet the needs of residential and business customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Cinergy Communications has had a 35-year+ history of dynamic growth and innovation as the first to offer an alternative to AT&T long distance service in Western Kentucky, as the first ISP in Southern Indiana, and as one of the first in its region to market an alternative to Ameritech and BellSouth. Additional information can be found at www.cinergycom.com. Cinergy Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Q-Comm Corporation. Although Cinergy Corp. has licensed the use of its name to Q-Comm, it has no management oversight, control, or responsibility for Cinergy Communications.