Timeline

2001: 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 row—moving up on the roster from number 350 to number 223.

2000: 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.

1999: 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.

1998: 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. Revenues double.

1997: Internet 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.

1996: 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. Revenues double.

1995: Internet Connect Company launches one of the first commercial Internet services in northern Florida, providing Internet access to residents of Gainesville and nearby Ocala.

1994: Internet Connect Company opens as a retail computer store in downtown Gainesville with three employees.

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