Northland Communications will play host Tuesday to their grand-reopening celebration and ribbon cutting at their new office at 32 East Vine Street.
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 2 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and community leaders at 11:30 a.m. The celebration will include a visit by Tormenta FC players, giveaways and food. The Northland team is most excited about the video gaming truck, which will be on-site allowing gamers to experience Northlands fast internet speeds while they play Fortnite.
Local architect Frank D'Arcangelo with DPR Architecture designed the new building. It replaces the former Northland office, which was housed in a historic train station. The building design pulls elements from the original train station and greatly enhances the property in downtown.
According to Dr. Del Presley, it was at this very location on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1906, 50 leading citizens of Bulloch County gathered before dawn and boarded the Savannah & Statesboro Railroad to bid on bringing a college to Statesboro. They won the bid, beating out Tattnall County, to host a new state-supported district agricultural and mechanical school. We know that school today as Georgia Southern University.
Northland Communications was acquired last year by GTCR, a private equity firm. GTCR's portfolio company, Mega Broadband Investments LLC, is a partnership with Atlanta-based CEO Phil Spencer. Immediately after the acquisition, they announced a multi-million investment to update and expand the entire network. They are 90 percent complete with the upgrades, which include the addition of 1 Gbps Internet download speeds for residents and businesses in Statesboro.
The increase in bandwidth is a result of a $50-million capital investment in network improvements that Northland secured in October 2018 shortly after their acquisition by GTCR, Inc. All new technology is cutting-edge and offers the most robust network management solution available for cable operators today.
Dwayne Drake, Northland’s Regional vice president of Sales & Administration said, “As a local Internet, TV, and Phone provider for Statesboro, offering the most competitive services at the best value is our goal. Our customer’s experience is the number one priority. 1 Gbps internet speeds will keep Northland competitive with fiber services but offers a more affordable solution for businesses and residents while we continue to give our customers the exceptional service they’ve come to expect from us.”
Northland Communications invites you in to see their new office and experience all of the improvements and upgrades they have made to their network.