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Affiniti LLC announces Network Management Agreement with Florida Rural Broadband Alliance
|By Business Wire
|April 3, 2014 03:23 PM EDT
Affiniti LLC, a leading broadband services provider that serves rural
and under-served communities, today announced it has reached an
agreement to provide network management and operations, along with
investment capital, that will enable the Florida Rural Broadband
Alliance (FRBA) to continue its goal of providing cutting-edge broadband
services to public agencies, K-12 schools and rural markets across
“Affiniti is excited to reach this agreement with FRBA that will move
the network from a construction phase to a commercially available
status,” said Affiniti CEO Darol Lain. “Affiniti’s core mission aligns
nicely with FRBA’s goal of bringing advanced broadband services to rural
and under-served markets throughout the state of Florida.”
The Affiniti partnership will enable FRBA to deploy a broadband network
in 15 counties in South Central and Northwest Florida to connect
schools, health institutions, businesses, local government and public
safety agencies in rural areas. FRBA was formed in 2010 between two
non-profit economic development organizations: Florida’s Heartland
Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) in South Central
Florida and Opportunity Florida in the Northwest region of the state.
Gina Reynolds, CEO of FHREDI, said the agreement provides FRBA a partner
that brings not only network operational capability, but a partner who
has a long history of delivering broadband services to rural and
under-served markets. Jim Brook, Executive Director of Opportunity
Florida, added: “This agreement creates immediate benefits for the
markets served by Opportunity Florida and FHREDI.”
Affiniti previously entered into a similar agreement with the North
Florida Broadband Authority (NFBA), which serves 14 counties in North
Central Florida. As the network manager for both operations, Affiniti
expects to create synergies that will benefit the two Broadband
Technology Opportunities Programs.
Affiniti operates networks that span more than 50,000 square miles in 21
states. The networks serve approximately 850,000 students at 1,000
schools, as well as 45 healthcare institutions.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Affiniti LLC is a leading provider of
broadband communication and network services to public and private
organizations across the United States. Through its middle mile
networks, last mile connections and customized network integration
solutions, Affiniti provides broadband wide area networking, voice over
IP telephony, Internet access, and managed services to schools,
hospitals, state and local governments, and private enterprises. For
more information, visit www.affiniti.com.
FRBA was formed in March 2010 by two non-profit economic development
corporations – FHREDI in South Central Florida and Opportunity Florida
in Northwest Florida. FRBA was awarded nearly $24 million through the
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to deploy broadband network
infrastructure throughout rural communities in 15 Counties. For more
information, visit www.weconnectflorida.com
The mission of Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc. is to market,
facilitate and advocate for regional economic development in South
Central Florida. Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc. (FHREDI) is a 501(c) 6
nonprofit organization that provides economic development support
throughout the South Central region. Partnerships among private and
public sector leaders have been fostered to leverage regional assets
that provide maximum benefits to the business communities. The regional
collaboration links and unites leadership networks, transportation
networks and technology networks, signifying the collective economic
power behind the 6 Counties of Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands,
Okeechobee, the Cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay in Palm
Beach County and the Community of Immokalee in Collier County. For more
information, visit www.flaheartland.com
About Opportunity Florida
Opportunity Florida is a 501(c)6, business recruitment, jobs and
economic development organization serving the “Northwest Florida Rural
Area of Opportunity.” Based on a commitment to regional unity,
Opportunity Florida's purpose is to promote beneficial, economic growth
in a nine county region in Northwest Florida by providing technical
assistance to economic development organizations and businesses and by
working together with local, regional and state organizations to market
the region to businesses and government officials. The counties of
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, and
Washington make up the Northwest Florida Rural Area of Opportunity. For
more information, visit www.opportunityflorida.com
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