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Arialink Celebrates 400th Mile of Fiber in Greater Lansing

Tiny fiber optic fibers are making a huge impact in the Greater Lansing area. These fibers represent internet communication at the speed of light -- the fastest in the world -- for local businesses, corporate headquarters and schools. Arialink, Mid-Michigan's largest fiber optic internet provider, built this framework of hundreds of miles to provide never-before seen levels of bandwidth, speed and security.  

The company announced that it would light up its 400th mile of fiber in the Lansing area at Bailey Community Center in East Lansing at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 25.

"Every eighteen months, the bandwidth internet demands of business to keep up with technology doubles," said Arialink CEO Jason Schreiber. "The old copper lines in use lack the capacity we need, but new fiber has just begun to show what it can do. We're rebuilding the entire framework of telecom in Greater Lansing -- for speed we need today and will definitely need tomorrow."

High speed fiber optic Internet has been a critical element in attracting and keeping business in theGreater Lansing  area, as well as a major educational asset. Thirteen new technical fiber businesses have signed on in East Lansing in part due to fiber availability, and is the internet carrier of choice for the Technology Innovation Center in East Lansing. Liquid Web, TechSmith Corp., Delta Dental, Jackson National Life and Accident Fund are examples of corporate headquarters customers that rely on secure, high speed fiber each day. The Lansing area's school districts are connected with high speed fiber, as are Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.

This announcement is especially timely, as it comes on the heels of Greater Lansing's community-wide effort to win Google's competition for high speed fiber optic cable installation and service. Arialink's 400 miles equates to nearly 38 percent of the distance of same fiber technology that would be supplied by Google.

Celebrating three years of profitability and growth, Arialink plans to hire five new employees by the end of 2010.  With an additional 100 miles in various stages of production, the company says it plans to build its 500th mile in 2011.

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