& cplSiteName &

Comporium Aims Gig at Businesses, Residents

Jason Meyers
7/29/2014
50%
50%

Even as Comporium expands its gigabit broadband network to more than 15,000 homes in and around Rock Hill, S.C., the company is hopeful that its high-speed presence will help bolster business development and the local economy in the region.

Comporium Communications has launched what it expects to be a six-month effort to upgrade its fiber optic infrastructure around Rock Hill and extend its Zipstream gigabit service to residential neighborhoods in York and Lancaster counties, where it already has built out fiber to buildings and homes. The incumbent telco launched Zipstream to a handful of downtown businesses in June, and has since announced the expansion to five additional Rock Hill business parks. (See Gigabit Speeds Come to Rock Hill.)

"We'll be beefing up the rings those neighborhoods are on -- that's why it's a six-month phase out," says Matt Dosch, Comporium's executive vice president of customer operations and external affairs. The company will offer residents Zipstream connections for $99 per month in addition to bundles of voice, video and home security services, he says.


For all of Light Reading's coverage of the Gigabit Cities movement, visit our Broadband/FTTx content channel.


But Comporium's ultimate goal is to help transform the local economy and attract new business with its all-fiber network and gigabit services, Dosch says, noting that the company spent months visiting cities like Chattanooga and studying the economic impact of gigabit deployments by entities such as EPB Fiber Optics , a division of Chattanooga's local utility that is currently seeking approval to expand its network. (See Muni Utilities Take Gigabit Fight to FCC.)

"Our rollout remains tied to a very specific economic development plan," he says, adding that Comporium learned in its observation of other gigabit cities that small technology entrepreneurs are attracted to communities where affordable gigabit services are available.

Economic development in Rock Hill centers primarily around Knowledge Park, a two-year-old, multimillion dollar effort to transform the 23-acre site of a former textile manufacturing facility that sits between downtown Rock Hill and nearby Winthrop University into a business and technology development center. Components such as Comporium's gigabit network are central to that effort, says David Lawrence, Knowledge Park development manager for the City of Rock Hill.

"We're investing in talent and infrastructure, and offering people affordable and cool spaces. It can't be Knowledge Park with slow Internet and people who can't do knowledge economy jobs," Lawrence says. "Comporium has moved really quickly, so it's another competitive advantage and another way for us to walk the talk."

— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, Light Reading

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
thebulk
50%
50%
thebulk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/31/2014 | 2:53:56 PM
Re: The small business factor
Seven, I see your point here, and your right, service side biz have to be located in a specific region, but if you are a digital business and do not offer a local service you can locate anywhere that works for you. 
brooks7
50%
50%
brooks7,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/31/2014 | 10:26:33 AM
Re: The small business factor
thebulk,

I can not explain on how wrong you are with this statement.  Tech/Software/and similar businesses can relocate.  Most small businesses actually serve local and regional markets.  The locality of the business is the market.  If your statement was actually true, then all small business would have exited California for Nevada to save a lot of money on taxes, insurance costs and regulations.  Of course your gym, flower shop and auto body would no longer be yours.

 

seven
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/31/2014 | 6:24:31 AM
Comporium Communications-what to look out for
Comporium's ultimate goal is to help transform the local economy and attract new business with its all-fiber network and gigabit services. The company spent months visiting cities. As comporium expands its gigabit broadband network to more than 15,000 homes in and around Rock Hill, S.C., the company has much ability and is promising that its high-speed presence will help bolster business development and the local economy in the region. The state of the art fiber optic infrastructure has a long way to go in fulfilling its mission. This company has so far proven to have the drive and determination top meet all its goals with all these changes and progress.
thebulk
50%
50%
thebulk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/29/2014 | 1:57:44 PM
Re: The small business factor
In the digital age most buisnesses can move and open up just about anywhere. if you build it, they will come (or stay)
jasonmeyers
50%
50%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
7/29/2014 | 1:56:28 PM
Re: The small business factor
@thebulk, absolutely. I doubt a 23-acre business park with slow Internet would offer much appeal. It's pretty easy for small businesses to move to the town that has the best incentives and infrastructure, especially those that aren't necessarily tethered to a specific location. 
thebulk
50%
50%
thebulk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/29/2014 | 1:50:02 PM
Re: The small business factor
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to sparking biz growth but I have always said that better internet is one of the best things a community can do to draw in new buisnesses. 
jasonmeyers
50%
50%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
7/29/2014 | 1:41:38 PM
The small business factor
The trend of small communities becoming gigabit cities -- whether the gigabit provider is a small telco like Comporium, a municipal utility, or a big dog like AT&T or Google Fiber -- could potentially make or break a town's efforts at economic development. As a resident of a small town that is trying to invigorate its economy by attracting small businesses (and as someone who has both tracked and participated in the entrepreneurial community here) I've watched as small businesses like web design firms and other tech-centric entities have picked up and moved to nearby communities because of factors like slow Internet access, lack of human resources, even dearth of the right kind of office space. Rock Hill is smart to pay attention to all aspects of the small business world as it tries to create a vibrant entrepreneurial community. 
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
CommScope – Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow's Networks

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Phil Sorksy, Vice President International at CommScope, discusses addressing the challenges faced by service providers today, and as future trends emerge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
AMS-IX & Huawei's OSN 902

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei shows how its OSN 902 platform helps the Amsterdam Internet exchange to connect the world using multiplexing.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Smart Energy Innovation Center

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


In Nuremberg, Huawei showcases its latest capabilities in the digitalization of Internet resources, network infrastructure and intelligence at its Smart Energy Innovation Center.
Valley Wonk
OFC & Hyperscale: A Good Mix?

3|24|17   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.
LRTV Custom TV
Etisalat on NFV Journey

3|24|17   |   10:37   |   (0) comments


Etisalat is a service provider that prides itself on bringing innovative technologies to the markets it serves. It was one of the first operators to implement 3G and leads the pack in fiber penetration. Now, Esmaeel Al Hammadi, Etisalat's SVP of Network Development, explains the operator's journey to virtualization, beginning with the network core, as well as the ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 3

3|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting on the application of technologies and key business verticals such as transportation, smart city, manufacturing, media and finance.
LRTV Documentaries
No Regrets: Cox's Finkelstein on Fiber & More

3|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


At the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein examines the cable capex conundrum.
LRTV Documentaries
Cable Next-Gen: The 'Mile High' View From Denver

3|22|17   |   11:56   |   (0) comments


Alan Breznick kicks off the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, casting his thousand-yard stare over cable's current competitive landscape.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 2

3|21|17   |   2:27   |   (0) comments


Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting digital transformation solutions around IoT, smart data centers, OpenCloud ecosystem and its newly announced storage-as-a-service solution.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving Better Mobile Customer Experience While Transforming the Mobile Network

3|21|17   |   7:47   |   (0) comments


The Citrix NetScaler mobile gateway is an intelligent traffic management solution which can markedly improve the customer experience provided by mobile operators, even when traffic is encrypted. Critical network services can be consolidated and virtualized using NetScaler. Because of the unique architecture, NetScaler can be deployed on any hypervisor, on a ...
LRTV Custom TV
Mastercard: What's Next for Mobile Payments?

3|21|17   |   7:49   |   (0) comments


2017 marks the fifth consecutive year for Mastercard at Mobile World Congress and it was a great time to reflect on the amazing advances the payments industry has made as well as discuss "What's Next' in the digital commerce future. We spoke to James Anderson, executive vice president of digital payments at MasterCard, about digital wallets to tokenization to ...
LRTV Custom TV
Mastercard: 2 Billion Adults 'Trapped' in Cash Economy

3|21|17   |   03:51   |   (1) comment


Despite advances made in the last several years, two billion adults around the world are trapped in a cash economy and lack what we take for granted -- a safe way to receive, save and use money. Shamina Singh, executive vice president of sustainability and president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, chats about how Mastercard is developing new ways to ...
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
High-Band 5G: Let's Address the Range Question, Shall We?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 3/21/2017
Eurobites: A1, Nokia Turn It Up to 11
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 3/22/2017
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
Top Priorities for B/OSS Transformation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading, 3/20/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
Animals with Phones
Neither Do We Click Here
Is that a prerequisite?
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.