There is a lot to like about the city of Cleveland. Nestled both on the shores of Lake Erie and the banks of the Cuyahoga River, the city has long been the economic engine for the region. It has a reasonable cost of living, a vibrant arts community, a nationally recognized food scene and an NBA champion basketball team (Go Cavs!).
But there are some challenges, too. Cleveland has faced some economic hardships over the last decade, and the population growth hasn't been what local economic development officials would like to see. To overcome that, the city needs businesses to bet on Cleveland.
That is why we are excited to announce that we are expanding our fiber and fixed wireless networks in Cleveland so we can connect even more local data centers and commercial buildings with our high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.
That is great news for local businesses, especially those in the Central Business District, Berea and Beachwood areas (including the Lakewood, Westlake, North Olmsted, Brookpark, Parma, Independence, Maple Heights, Shaker Heights, Mayfield Heights, Willoughby and Euclid areas). We know that our services can make a big difference in the success of our business customers, so we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver even better services.
This expansion is part of a multi-million-dollar initiative to grow our advanced metro fiber networks in cities across the country. In addition to this expansion in Cleveland, Windstream is expanding its metro fiber networks in a number of other cities including Charlotte, Nashville, Richmond, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Our expansion is important because it gives both established and growing companies in Cleveland a competitive provider of world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure. But it is also important for another reason: it expands the Windstream services that are available to Cleveland-area customers – including unified communications, managed services, network security, business continuity, network solutions and cloud services. All provided with the support of a truly local team.
So what do Cleveland-area Windstream customers think? We think Bill Novak, director of IT at the Cleveland-based CPA and business consulting firm Meaden & Moore, said it best:
“The Great Lakes region has experienced some economic challenges over the past few years, but today business leaders in Ohio are forecasting increases in revenues and employment, as well as expressing stronger confidence overall in the economy. To realize and even accelerate those positive sentiments, we need companies such as Windstream to invest in our local infrastructure. Windstream’s willingness to bet on Cleveland and increase its fiber footprint here will deliver tangible results to all businesses in our area.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. For more information on Windstream and our network expansion in Cleveland and other markets, visit www.windstreambusiness.com.