Ultra-high Speed Fiber Expansion Enhances Economic Development for the City of Independence, Ohio

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News Release – 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.

About Everstream
Everstream is a Cleveland, Ohio based all-fiber high speed network provider offering Ethernet and Internet services to business customers across Northeast Ohio. With over 2400 miles of fiber across 24 counties and comprehensive data center connectivity at 10 Gigabit speed, Everstream provides the fastest, most reliable network in the region. The 24 / 7 network operations center is staffed and operated by certified technical staff based in downtown Cleveland. For more information on Everstream, please visit everstream.net.

About Economic Development in the City of Independence
The City of Independence provides businesses with the access and connection necessary to be successful in Northeast Ohio. A responsive community that offers amenities and services that many cities simply cannot equal, businesses that make Independence home can count on the City to keep their business moving forward. Visit yourindependence.org for more information.

About Bay Pointe Tech Services, LLC
Bay Pointe offers consultative IT services as a trusted advisor.  With offices and a high availability data center located in Richfield, OH, Bay Pointe was founded on the idea that IT should be an asset to an organization, not a liability. We strive to help organizations take control of their IT infrastructure, providing them with the technology solutions they need to address their critical business issues: increasing revenue, managing change, minimizing risk, improving productivity and decreasing the total cost of ownership.  With a team of experienced engineers, a tight knit partnership with our sister company: Bay Pointe Technology (which has been selling IT hardware and maintaining servers for more than 15 years), recent investments in a highly available and scalable data center and state of the art NOC with offerings that include colocation, IaaS and PaaS services, as well as an advanced carrier services program working with a broad portfolio of service providers that includes Everstream; Bay Pointe is able to address the increasingly challenging and diverse IT demands of our customers.  With access to more than 50 manufacturers of hardware and software, a deep engineering team, our data center and service partners like Everstream; Bay Pointe is able to custom tailor smart IT solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers.  For more information, visit baypointetechnology.com.

About OneCommunity
OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland that works to expand high-speed broadband access and adoption to strengthen Northeast Ohio. OneCommunity’s vision is that advanced digital capabilities and effective use of technology will help transform the region and establish it as a national hub for innovation and economic growth. For more information on OneCommunity, please visit onecommunity.org.


Jane Passantino, Chief Marketing Officer
Mayor’s Office, City of Independence

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