Brief History of Atlantic.Net Internet Services
was founded in 1994 in Gainesville,
Florida. Originally a retail computer store known as
ICC Computers, University of Florida students
Manoj Marty Puranik and Jose Sanchez established the company
with the goal of financing entry into the
emerging Internet access business and providing
connectivity to residents and students in the
Gainesville area. The company quickly developed a
reputation for quality and service that remains its
core business philosophy today.
1995, ICC Computers launched one of North Floridas
first commercial Internet services. The company ceased retail operations
in the spring of 1996 to focus solely on Internet connectivity. Later
that year, ICC Computers made its first acquisition of a smaller competitor
and began expanding its network across north Florida.
1997, ICC Computers changed its name to Atlantic.Net and moved the
corporate headquarters to a 5,000-square-foot office in Gainesvilles
landmark Bank of America building. The company began to grow rapidly,
and revenues doubled for the second year in a row. From 1998 through
2000, Atlantic.Net extended its network across the southeastern United
States, enhanced its Internet service product line and continued to
make acquisitions, while revenues doubled or tripled annually.
was named to the Florida 100, recognizing the states 100 fastest-growing
private companies, for the first time in 1998. For the past four years,
Atlantic.Net has been named to the Florida 100 list. In 2000 and 2001,
the company also made Inc magazines list of the 500 fastest-growing
privately held companies in the nation, ranking number 223 in 2001.
Today, Atlantic.Net is a national competitor in both the telecommunications
and Internet services industries. The companys product line
includes long distance service, DSL, ISDN and dial-up access, fractional
T-1 through DS-3 connectivity, true private networks, e-commerce,
Web hosting and Web design. Atlantic.Net, whose staff has grown to
more than 100 employees, remains under the leadership of President
and CEO Marty Puranik.
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