Atlantic.Net adds more than 40 people to its staff and continues
to show a profit. The company is named Florida's 11th fastest-growing
company in the University of Florida study, up from number 15 in
1999 and 79 in 1998. Atlantic.Net begins offering DSL service to
Multi-Tenant units and signs an Orlando property, managed by one
of the nation's largest property management companies, Jones Lang
LaSalle. Atlantic.Net founders Marty Puranik and Jose Sanchez are
featured in the April 23 issue of Business Week magazine.
The company begins focusing on e-business services, launching a
new corporate site and bundling long distance service with its Internet
service offerings. In addition, Atlantic.Net begins offering dial-up
services nationally with local access numbers across the United
States and in Canada. In October, Atlantic.Net is named to the Inc.
500 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for the
second year in a rowmoving up on the roster from number 350
to number 223.
Atlantic.Net makes Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing
private companies in the nation. Service is launched in Georgia
and Alabama. Atlantic.Net's network becomes certified as a Cisco
Powered Network. The company makes its first out of state acquisition,
purchasing the assets of Duesouth Networks in Aiken, SC. Atlantic.Net
opens a new call center and extends its customer service hours to
24/7. The company adds DSL to its array of business services.
Atlantic.Net is again named one of the fastest-growing companies
in Florida. The company completes its tenth acquisition, creates
a new Web design division, Atlantic.Net Studios, and opens offices
in South Florida and Tampa. Service is launched in 14 new cities
in Florida and in Mississippi and Louisiana. The company earns certification
by the Florida Public Service Commission as a competitive local
exchange carrier (CLEC). The number of employees grows to 70. President
and CEO Marty Puranik is named finalist for Florida's Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Atlantic.Net launches service in ten cities across the state and
completes three more acquisitions. In August, the University of
Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizes
Atlantic.Net as one of Florida's 100 fastest-growing companies.
Connect Company acquires First Coast Internet in April, followed
by Worldwide Internet in November. Service is launched in Jacksonville
and eight other Florida cities. The company changes its name to
Atlantic.Net. Revenues double.
Internet Connect Company stops selling computers and software to
completely focus on Internet connectivity. Service is launched in
Tampa and Orlando. Internet Connect Company grows to 15 employees
and moves to a larger location. The company makes its first acquisition.
Internet Connect Company launches one of the first commercial Internet
services in northern Florida, providing Internet access to residents
of Gainesville and nearby Ocala.
Internet Connect Company opens as a retail computer store in downtown
Gainesville with three employees.