JONESBORO, Ark. – (April 21, 2021) – Ritter Communications, a leading regional broadband provider headquartered in Jonesboro, has invested $28 million to bring 100% fiber internet services and advanced cloud solutions to Northwest Arkansas businesses in Springdale, Lowell, Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville. In the last 24 months, Ritter Communications has invested $60 million to bring high speed 100% fiber internet service to 18 previously underserved communities in Arkansas.
“Ritter Communications knows that access to fast, reliable broadband internet is a necessity for successful business operations, and we are ready to meet that demand in the Northwest Arkansas business community," said Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse. "With signals that travel at the speed of light, our 100% fiber high-speed internet connectivity will give Springdale, Lowell, Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville businesses another competitive edge. As a local Arkansas company with a new regional office presence in Rogers, Ritter Communications is bringing our Right by You pledge to NWA. That pledge purposefully has a double meaning; first, we are committed to operating as a local company right in your neighborhood and supporting your communities, and second, that we always strive to do the right thing for our customers as we deliver the most advanced, reliable services alongside an unmatched customer experience."
Ritter Communications offers XGS-PON fiber service, which delivers speeds up to 10 gigabits per second of 100% fiber connectivity. A specialized account management and customer support team will be stationed locally, assisting users with all services. The full suite of telecommunications services provided by Ritter Communications offers not only connectivity but also custom cloud solutions, giving business customers access to the new state-of-the-art Ritter Communications Data Technology Center.
Ritter Communications began the multi-million-dollar expansion project construction in Northwest Arkansas in July of 2020. Five Northwest Arkansas markets will be fiber-connected beginning with Springdale in April, Lowell and Fayetteville in June, Rogers in July and Bentonville later in the year. Services will become available in each community incrementally as fiber build “zones” are completed.
To celebrate the expansion of services to Northwest Arkansas businesses, Ritter Communications is donating $50,000 to fund improvements along the Razorback Regional Greenway, a popular 40-mile long biking and walking trail connecting many of the communities in the region.
“Much like the critical connections our company provides, the Razorback Regional Greenway is known for connecting seven major cities in the Northwest Arkansas region,” Morse said. “Ritter Communications is proud to contribute to improving the Greenway, because it is a tremendous quality-of-life and business development asset for the Northwest Arkansas area, and has become a community connection to healthy living, the outdoors and to friends and families.”
“We are grateful for the generous donation from Ritter Communications. The $50,000 commitment will enable construction of between seven and nine new rest areas along the Razorback Regional Greenway,” said Patsy Christie, Chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway Alliance. “The new rest areas will give bikers and walkers a place to rest without disrupting traffic. These additions to the Razorback Regional Greenway will contribute to the overall safety of the trail, a top priority for our many visitors.”
Ritter Communications is a regional telecommunications provider, headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, serving over 100 communities in the region across four states with a full suite of innovative communications services. For additional information visit RitterCommunications.com.
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About Ritter Communications: Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications service provider in the Mid-South, offering world-class broadband fiber, telecom, video, cloud and data center services. The company has grown rapidly over the years, investing millions recently in technology infrastructure and is now serving over 100 communities and more than 45,000 customers in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee. Headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ritter Communications invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best-in-class infrastructure and technology, while coupling it with a world-class customer-focused experience. For more information visit RitterCommunications.com.
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