|Headquarters||1800 N Grand River Ave Lansing, MI 48906|
|Key people||Kevin Schoen, Founder & CEO|
ACD.net was founded as ACD Computers in 1986 by Kevin Schoen. ACD built and sold their own computer systems through the 1990s. In 1994 ACD became and Internet Service Provider, selling dial-up, hosting and other Internet Services. ACD Telecom, Inc., which is part of ACD.net obtained CLEC license in early 2000. ACD then deployed 7 Central Offices in the Lansing and Jackson Michigan markets, and started providing facilities based DSL, T1, Fiber and Phone Services. The company has since expanded to most of Lower Michigan.
ACD has been provided a $750,000 grant by the Housing and Urban Development under a test project to deploy Wifi Service covering a 8-square-mile (21 km2) area in Springfield, Michigan. As part of the agreement the city, ACD is required to provide subsidized internet access for a period of 3 years after the deployment, which was completed in spring of 2009.
The company has a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) datacenter located in North Lansing that also serves as its headquarters, and was constructed in 2006. In 2007 Virgil Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing, held the State of the City address there.
Lawsuit with AT&T
ACD filed a lawsuit with AT&T in 2004. The dispute was related to a "Mutual Waiver Agreement", which allowed customers to terminate telephone service with either party and not have to pay the other parties termination penalties. 14 other companies with operations in Michigan had signed the agreement, and had disputes regarding the agreement with AT&T. ACD went to a jury trial in October 2009, and won a judgement against AT&T for $7.9 million.
ACD provides security systems to municipalities over its broadband network. Reference is located here: http://www.securitypark.co.uk/security_article264825.html
Fiber Networks and Broadband Stimulus Projects
ACD provides service such as gigabit Ethernet and SONET services to businesses, wholesale, and apartment complexes. ACD has a construction arm that builds fiber networks.
ACD was awarded two rounds of federal funding for construction of fiber networks in more rural counties in Michigan.
Round I Stimulus
ACD.net, as part of a consortium, was awarded a broadband stimulus grant led by Merit Network in January 2010. The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A 955-mile (1,537 km) fiber optic network will be built, with a total investment of $44.6 million. According to press releases, the company will own strands in the fiber optic network. The network map for the fiber route is located here: http://www.acd.net/map/fibermap.cfm
Round II Stimulus
ACD.net, as part of a consortium, was awarded a broadband stimulus grant with by Merit Network in January 2010. The grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A 955-mile (1,537 km) fiber optic network will be built, with a total investment of $69.6 million. According to press releases, the company will own strands in the fiber optic network. The network map for the fiber route is located here: http://www.acd.net/map/fibermap.cfm
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