|[March 11, 2014]
RST Fiber Activates America's First "Gigabit State"
SHELBY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
RST Fiber, a Cleveland County, N.C.-based company that develops and
manages state-of-the-art fiber optic networks, announced today that it
has activated its 3,100-mile underground fiber network across North
Carolina. It is the first privately owned company in the U.S. to
introduce and activate a 100-gigabit backbone network employing carrier
grade IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), a critical component for the
"Internet of Everything."
RST's network offers up to 100-gigabit per second, symmetrical broadband
service to businesses and homes in metropolitan and rural communities
statewide, many that have little or no access to even basic broadband
connections. In addition to broadband, services will include
uncompressed 4K television; VoIP; online education; telemedicine; HD
video security/surveillance; a la carte movies and programming; smart
grid connectivity/transport; and countless emerging new technologies.
Video and television services are expected to launch by the end of the
second quarter of 2014.
The company's "core-out", underground, state-of-the-art IPv6 fiber
network offers broadband speeds that are unavailable from a majority of
providers in the state. The network operates using significantly less
energy than other networks and is completely "greenfield." Because RST's
fiber is almost entirely underground, maintenance requirements and
outages - especially those from extreme weather conditions - are
significantly reduced. This enables RST to deliver end-to-end,
premium-quality fiber services at lower cost and with greater
"The network we have built is what Cisco CEO John Chambers (News - Alert) describes as
the 'Internet of Everything,'" said Dan Limerick, co-founder of RST
Fiber. "Our goal is to ensure that communities across the Tar Heel state
and the upstate of South Carolina will have access to ultra-high-speed
broadband and many other fiber-delivered services a network like this
can provide, helping to level the economic and educational playing field
for everyone. We firmly believe that fiber infrastructure is the future.
Whle Google (News - Alert) is building in metropolitan cities like Kansas City, Mo.,
Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, RST has established a statewide backbone
connecting the larger metro areas, in addition to reaching a large
number of rural communities. We're also deploying carrier-class,
cutting-edge WiFi (News - Alert) capable of delivering one-gigabit symmetrical wireless
RST's network is built on the Cisco® Evolved Programmable Network (EPN),
which combines a variety of cutting edge infrastructure technologies
including the Cisco Network Convergence (News - Alert) System (NCS 2000). The Cisco EPN
offers a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet along
with countless other fiber-related services.
"The next-generation Internet offers innovative companies like RST a
unique opportunity to deliver seamless, personalized services and also
capitalizes on emerging Internet of Everything (IoE) market
opportunities," said Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general
manager, Service Provider Networking Group, Cisco (News - Alert). "Using Cisco's
Evolved Programmable Network, RST can optimize service delivery in new
ways while growing its business and delivering new network experiences
to customers - in major metropolitan areas, as well as in rural parts of
the state. RST represents the service provider network of the future and
is well aligned with Cisco's vision."
Founded in 2010 and privately funded by Cleveland County, N.C. natives
Dan Limerick, Doug Brown and Randy Revels, RST's vision is to change and
improve technology opportunities throughout the Carolinas. Limerick,
Brown and Revels joined forces after it became clear each had an
interest in building a state-of-the-art fiber network in their home
county, an area severely affected by the relocation of the textile
industry and high unemployment in recent years.
"Ensuring that North Carolina has the next-generation infrastructure and
fiber networks needed to carry our data traffic and provide broadband
services to our businesses, community institutions, and citizens is
critical," said N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. "We appreciate
RST Global's investment in North Carolina and look forward to working
with them to continue to push broadband deployment and growth, allowing
for increased opportunities in economic development, education and
efficiency for our state."
RST Fiber's clients currently include data centers, municipalities,
healthcare organizations, schools and universities, businesses and homes.
For additional information on RST, go to www.rstfiber.com
or contact RST at email@example.com.
About RST Global
Based in Cleveland County, North Carolina, RST Global, LLC (RST), www.rstfiber.com,
is a member-owned company formed in 2009 to construct and manage
state-of-the-art all fiber-optic networks in communities within the
southeastern U.S. In addition to typical services (TV, Internet and
phone), plans include home and business surveillance high definition
cameras and security, on-demand movie services and numerous à la carte
offerings. The all fiber-optic network will also provide the foundation
for Smart Grid technology, telemedicine, online education and other
emerging applications. RST believes that fiber connected communities are
America's future. Dedicated to quality, high performance and lower cost
through Reliable Scalable Technologies, RST has made the commitment to
provide its enterprise, business and residential customers a better
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