Atlantic.Net Among Inc 500’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (10/23/02)– Atlantic.Net (https://www.atlantic.net), Florida’s largest privately held Internet service provider, has been named one of America’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc magazine for the third year in a row. This year, Atlantic.Net ranks number 269 on the Inc 500, a roster of the country’s fastest-growing private companies based on sales growth from 1997 through 2001. Noteworthy Inc 500 alumni include Microsoft, Timberland and Domino’s Pizza.

During the past 20 years, fewer than 6 percent of the winners have been named to the list three times. Atlantic.Net is one of only 31 Florida-based companies to make the 2002 Inc 500 and is the state’s only Internet service provider to be honored.

“This honor is especially meaningful to us because it recognizes the fact that our company has grown despite the many challenges we’ve faced in our industry during the past 12 months,” said Marty Puranik, president and CEO of Atlantic.Net. “The market difficulties of this past year have required us to adapt to change and have helped us focus even more closely on creating real value for our customers. This recognition proves that while many of our competitors have gone out of business and faded away, we’ve successfully maneuvered through the tough times and survived, stronger and smarter.”

The Inc 500 award is one of several recent growth announcements from Atlantic.Net. Last week, the company announced it had doubled its sales presence and added a sales manager in its Orlando office. In September, the company announced it had expanded its Southeastern network reach through an agreement with Progress Telecom, a Florida-based provider of wholesale broadband services and a subsidiary of Progress Energy. The agreement also enables the company to pass along additional customer benefits including cost savings, faster provisioning, greater scalability and priority customer support.

“We’re extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Cameron Clayton, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re financially stable and profitable, we offer technologically superior products and outstanding customer service and we have shown a unique ability to adapt quickly to changes in the marketplace in order to meet our customers’ needs. More than ever before, we’re in a position to give customers across Florida and the Southeast the power to choose an Internet provider that will be around to serve their needs today and tomorrow.”

Atlantic.Net offers high-speed Internet access, Web site services, telecommunications and dial-up.  To learn more about Atlantic.Net, call 1-800-422-2936 or visit https://www.atlantic.net.

About Atlantic.Net

In 1995, two University of Florida students launched one of North Florida’s first commercial Internet services, Atlantic.Net.   Over it’s first seven years, Atlantic.Net acquired 13 Internet service companies and augmented its e-business services to include long distance services, dial-up, broadband, web solutions, fractional T-1 through DS-3 connectivity, DSL and ISDN access, Web hosting , Web design and e-commerce.   Atlantic.Net’s staff has grown to more than 100 employees and been recognized both Nationally and in Florida as one of the fastest-growing private companies.  Our award winning customer service and investment in cutting edge technology is still a guiding force behind the company.  Today, Atlantic.Net has state of the art fast SSD Fast Cloud servers offering the very best in cloud hosting solutions, one click WordPress cloud hosting and many other services.

To learn more about Atlantic.Net’s complete line of services, call 1.800.422.2936 or visit the Web site at www.atlantic.net.


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