There are few cities in America as interesting as Detroit. In fact, it has such a variety of influences that people can't agree on a nickname. But whatever you call it – the Motor City, the Arsenal of Democracy, Motown, Hockeytown, the 313 – there is no question that Detroit is beloved by its residents.
After all, what other city was founded by a Cadillac (French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac), gave birth to the American automotive industry (more than 150 car manufacturers have called the Detroit home), can claim 11 NHL Stanley Cup victories and gave America music groups like the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and The Four Tops? Only Detroit.
Like a lot of other American cities, particularly some in the Midwest, Detroit has faced some economic challenges over the past 20 years. The city's population has dropped nearly 30 percent during that time and it was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2013. To help overcome that and to fuel a revitalization of a truly great city, it needs businesses to bet on Detroit.
That is why we are excited to announce that we are expanding our fiber and fixed wireless networks in Detroit. The expansion will allow us to 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 because we know that our services can make a big difference in the success of our business customers. And that is why 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 Detroit, we are expanding our metro fiber networks in a number of other cities including Charlotte, Nashville, Richmond, Little Rock, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis and Cleveland.
Our expansion is important because it gives both established and growing companies in Detroit 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 Detroit-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 Detroit-area Windstream customers think? We believe Randy Temple, CIO of eVantage Services Inc., said it best:
"To deliver the quality of service our clients require, we need innovative, highly reliable network services. Windstream's expansion in Detroit gives us higher-quality services and creates the type of competition that will improve services for all local businesses."