Internet company keeps Kalamazoo connected

Courtesy 123NET

A fiber internet, co-location and voice services provider is expanding its services to the city of Kalamazoo.

123NET said Wednesday, Dec. 1, it is installing 26 miles of fiber infrastructure throughout the city’s business district.

All 15 Kalamazoo municipal buildings, including a private network that serves the regulatory and compliance guidelines of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, will be connected. The network also will be available to local area businesses.

“This expansion represents a huge technological leap forward for the city of Kalamazoo,” said Tim Dubois, chief information officer for the city of Kalamazoo. “This investment will benefit everyone in our community — including the businesses in the central business district — and will help bring us closer to each other, to the communities we serve and to other major markets.”

Kalamazoo’s fiber network will be interconnected with 123NET’s existing 4,500 miles of fiber in data centers, including the Detroit Internet Exchange.

“Our goal at 123NET is to make Michigan ‘the best connected on the planet,'” said Dan Irvin, 123NET’s founder and CEO. “The city of Kalamazoo supports that goal and is dedicated to bringing world-class internet to its business district areas. This new fiber hub offers businesses the advantage of easily and affordably connecting directly into 123NET’s dedicated fiber network.”

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