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Aristotle Announces SEAEDD Broadband Initiative
Sep. 22, 2017
SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT AND
ARISTOTLE UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCE BROADBAND INITIATIVE
Little Rock, AR, 9/21/2017 - The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District (SEAEDD) and Little Rock-based internet service provider, Aristotle Unified Communications, announced today that the two organizations will be working together to develop a long-range plan for deploying broadband internet service in the District’s ten county region.
“SEAEDD’s mission includes ensuring the infrastructure that supports business activity as well as developing quality communities in which to live, work, invest and do business,” said Gene Higginbotham, Executive Director of SEAEDD. “It makes sense to combine what Aristotle does well with what SEAEDD does well in order to bring broadband to Southeast Arkansas.”
According to Elizabeth Bowles, Aristotle President and Chair of the Board, Aristotle will initially conduct pilot network engineering studies in selected locations in the region and will ultimately be responsible for designing broadband network solutions for the district.
“In my capacity as Chair of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, I am working with business and community leaders from across the nation to develop recommendations for accelerating broadband deployment and closing the digital divide,” Bowles said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to apply that knowledge here at home and to collaborate with SEAEDD
and other Arkansas internet access providers to bring broadband connectivity to Southeast Arkansas communities.”
The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. serves ten counties in Southeast Arkansas: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln. SEAEDD assists communities with securing funding and developing initiatives in the areas of economic development, community development, workforce training and waste management.
A fixed-wireless internet service provider (WISP), Aristotle Unified Communications provides broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in Central Arkansas and Voice-Over IP (VoIP) phone solutions to area businesses. Aristotle’s Labs division encourages the promotion of smart city initiatives with BeaconSage, an award-winning content management system for creating and delivering content to mobile users via beacon technology.
Tina Van Horn
VP Marketing/Aristotle, Inc.