GAINESVILLE , Fla. (6/21/99) – Gainesville-based Atlantic.Net, the largest privately held Internet provider in Florida, today announced the opening of a new office in South Florida. This is the five-year-old company’s first office opening outside Gainesville.
The South Florida office, located in Plantation, will serve as headquarters for the company’s new division, Atlantic.Net Studios. Atlantic.Net Studios provides Web development services, augmenting Atlantic.Net’s existing business services which include Web hosting and dedicated access to the Internet at speeds ranging from 56Kbps to 45 Mbps (T3). The company is scheduled to launch Internet access in three South Florida cities within the next two weeks. Atlantic.Net has hired five employees for the new office and expects that number to double by the end of the year.
Atlantic.Net was founded by two former South Florida residents whose families still live in the area. Marty Puranik, 26, graduated from South High School in Plantation in 1991 and Jose Sanchez, 25, graduated in 1992 from Western High School in Davie. The two met while students at the University of Florida. When university officials denied Puranik’s petition to grant Internet access to all UF students in 1994, Sanchez and Puranik decided to form their own company. In 1995, under the name ICC Computers, the company launched one of the first commercial Internet services in Florida. Atlantic.Net now has more than 22,000 subscribers in more than 30 locations across the state. In 1998, the company was recognized as one of Florida’s 100 fastest-growing private companies by UF’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
For more information on Atlantic.Net, visit https://www.atlantic.net.