Those of us who work at Windstream are proud to call Little Rock, Arkansas, home. Windstream is headquartered here, and our company's connection to the city goes back nearly 75 years.
So you can imagine how excited we are to announce a major expansion of the local metro fiber network in our community. That's because it creates a new level of connectivity and network stability for all local businesses, and expands the services that are available to our local customers.
This investment we're making in our hometown will connect our national fiber network to major data center complexes and commercial buildings in our area. Plus, it will give local businesses—especially those in the Downtown, Midtown, West Little Rock, North Little Rock, Northshore Business Park, Airport/Port Authority and Conway areas—the network connection options and performance improvements they've been asking for.
Additionally, businesses will be able to choose from an expanded list of services, all provided with the support of a local Windstream team. Options will include fixed wireless service, unified communications, managed services, network security, business continuity, network solutions and cloud services.
One local Little Rock organization that understands the importance of Windstream's investment in our hometown's telecommunications infrastructure is the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The airport is a regional economic juggernaut – it serves nearly two million passengers annually, employs more than 3,000 people and generates $1.2 billion in annual economic benefit.
Having highly reliable, fast and affordable fiber services is critical to the continued success of Clinton National Airport, according to Ronald F. Mathieu, its executive director.
“We are partnering with Windstream, using their reliable, fiber-fed internet service to offer the best Wi-Fi connection of any airport in the world,” Mathieu said.
This expansion in Little Rock is part of a multi-million-dollar initiative to grow our advanced metro fiber networks in cities across the country. We've already announced similar expansions in Charlotte, Nashville, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Dallas and Cleveland, and there are more to follow.