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Zipstream Gigabit Internet Service Goes Live in Rock Hill

Comporium announced today that it recently turned up its first two commercial Gigabit Internet customers in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina – a first for the South Carolina Upstate and the greater Charlotte metropolitan area.

Comporium’s Gigabit service is called Zipstream, and to celebrate the fact that Rock Hill’s downtown is now “lit” with a state-of-the-art fiber optic network, Comporium has literally lit the Citizens building in green and blue lights. In addition, the Zipstream logo will be projected on the side of the building facing Caldwell St.

The Citizens Building, located at 157 East Main St., is home to the Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park and The Hive. It will remain lit each night from June 13 through June 20.

“We are lighting up our ultra-fast Internet service via a state-of-the-art network as promised when we announced our plans several months ago,” said Comporium’s Matthew Dosch, executive vice president of customer operations and external affairs. “Because of the intensive use of broadband by the Technology Incubator and the Hive, they were the first to be connected, but our sales team is contacting downtown businesses right now to sign up any that are interested.”

Comporium offers both upload and download speeds of 1 Gbps, which is nearly 85 times faster than the company’s standard Internet service. Businesses in a variety of high-tech and information technology fields are among the most suited for the robust data network.

Comporium is working with the City of Rock Hill and its master developer, Sora-Phelps, to attract high-tech businesses to Knowledge Park, the urban business park area from the heart of downtown to Winthrop University, which is part of the Knowledge Park Leadership Forum along with York Technical College.

York Tech announced earlier this week that it was hosting “Wired Hack,” which is a special competitive event for computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers. The 24-hour Wired Hack kicked off today at The Hive at 1 p.m. and is taking advantage of Zipstream as the teams fire up their projects.

"Technological advancements like this (Zipstream) contribute greatly to the ongoing economic development taking place in the Rock Hill area. This not only keeps our students competitive, it also makes Rock Hill an attractive location for the high-tech job industry," said York Tech President Dr. Greg Rutherford.

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