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Written by Tim Ervin in association with Venture North of Traverse City, MI.
BENZONIA, MICHIGAN – After growing from two to eight employees and a year and a half of planning, Eclipse Communications will begin construction of fiber-to-the-home high speed broadband in Benzie County on Monday March 28th 2022. There are four initial construction projects, including:
1. Facilities & headend construction 2. Fiber core construction 3. Underground facilities construction 4. Fifteen miles’ aerial/underground construction
Now in its fifth year, Eclipse is a full-service broadband provider encompassing planning, engineering, design, construction and operations and maintenance. In the last year and a half, they have invested over $225,000 in Benzie County fiber optic broadband. Eclipse will continue seeking grant funding and financing to ramp up implementation of its strategic plan.
“What makes Benzie County a stunning place to live and visit also presents challenges in providing access to high-speed broadband,” said Christopher Varenhorst, president of Eclipse Communications. “The county’s dunes, lakes, rivers and watersheds are stunning in their majesty but often difficult to traverse in building out broadband to serve every family, business and organization. By working with Benzie County residents, governments and businesses, we are making important strides in expanding broadband access to areas with little to no broadband options. Our next buildout phase will focus on fiber-to-the-home infrastructure in areas of Benzonia Township, Crystal Lake Township, Platte Township, and Homestead Township.”
The Eclipse plan calls for it to install fiber and rapidly deploy to connect broadband to un-served and under-served areas of Benzie County. The company has worked with Venture North Funding and Development to obtain financing for expanding capacity and purchasing equipment needed for network growth. Eclipse will continue to expand its wireless network in parallel to the new fiber network, emphasizing continually increased investment into fiber infrastructure.
Eclipse’s fiber infrastructure will be composed of the latest fiber optic technology, over-built to support all future-use requirements – touting 10Gbit connectivity, and will directly support the company’s increasing range of complimentary services platforms. The network will focus on residential fiber services, as well as provide a full range of transit, commercial and enterprise-tier services.
“We are thrilled by their progress in bringing broadband to Benzie County and their expansion plans which include migrating their service network to adjacent counties,” said Laura Galbraith, president of Venture North. “They are driven by old fashioned values that are central to the success of all entrepreneurs, including superior customer service. We could not be more impressed by how Benzie County and other community interests are rallying behind their hometown broadband center of excellence to connect the County.”
“It’s a joy to be expanding broadband capacity to students, families, businesses and others in the place we live, work and play,” said Varenhorst. “Benzie County is a challenging area to work in, the topography itself full of complexities requiring creativity and unconventional approaches to master. Our unique and specialized knowledge of northwest Michigan is key in our ability to begin construction of our fiber optic network.”
“The work we are doing here will benefit communities in the future as we continue our growth, increase our employee base, and build partnerships that spell success for everyone,” he said.
For more information, contact: Christopher Varenhorst Eclipse Communications Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 231-852-0367 Web:www.eclipse-communications.com
We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of M-22 Project / Arcadia Everywhere, a local WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) as of December 9th, 2019. The impact that this acquisition will have on our broadband development efforts in northwest Michigan is highly significant.
In relation to our core infrastructure investment in Benzie County, this acquisition greatly diversifies our holdings – granting immediate expansion opportunities through the addition of existing pre-developed mid-mile transport and last-mile distribution facilities to our network. In terms of logical progression to the size and scope of network, this acquisition fully advances our public development strategy by a full two years in a mid-tier growth estimation.
Regarding our partnership with Benzie County, we mark the highest level of commitment thus far in taking on this opportunity to complete an acquisition that synergizes with our shared broadband development objectives. Not only a remarkable advancement for us as a company, but an achievement that greatly advances the network development timeline and constructs a narrative of success that will bolster all future development in Benzie County and NW Michigan as a whole.
We are very excited to explore the opportunities afforded to us by acquiring M-22 Project /Arcadia Everywhere, there is a tremendous amount of work to do and we will work with the highest efficiency possible to complete our upgrade projects and bring new expansions online. This will be an extremely busy winter indeed. Look for news soon of upcoming expansions on both our website and on our FB page:
We would like to thank DGN Advisory and Brian T. Breneman CPA CGMA et al. for the leadership, professional services and professional development services in representing our interests during the negotiations and in the development of the framework necessary to complete such a purchase. Brian provided the leadership, technical understanding, tools and wisdom that we found absolutely indispensable during this acquisition. If we move down such a road again, DGN Advisory will be the first to be called upon.
We would like to thank Venture North and its Executive Director – Laura Galbraith et al. for providing the financial assistance, fiduciary insight and general assistance in making this acquisition possible. Laura and her team have been amazing to work with and we look forward to presenting them new opportunities as we grow and expand. Laura and her organization operate with a mission statement and philosophy that we feel is conducive to growth and community development through Northern Michigan.
Thank you to Benzie County, both in respect to our partnership in achieving development objectives important to social and economic development, and outside the partnership – to all of the amazing people that have supported us or otherwise contributed to our success. We are very fortunate to have such hard-working and experienced people behind us. We stand ready to offer the technical leadership, vision and resources Benzie County needs to develop and sustain high-end broadband networks.
We are pleased to announce the latest expansion to our Benzie County core network. Located centrally in Benzie County, this new tower greatly expands our service area while providing us several excellent transport options to other areas in the County. In fact, we have been so busy installing new internet connections that we delayed announcing the expansion – which was completed in June 2019.
This latest core expansions provides over 20 square miles of new coverage and nearly 26 square miles of overlapping coverage. Though expansion into new areas is important, we also place priority on overlapping coverage due to the topography of Benzie County. The prominence of hills and trees creates many unique challenges to providing widely accessible internet service, overlapping coverage is important to overcoming these challenges.
Between the rapid expansions we have announced over the last year, we have been hard at work securing three key developments that will accelerate our growth and our overall ability to expand and provide broadband connectivity to Benzie County. The announcement of this expansion precedes a large business development which we hope to announce soon.
Eclipse Communications. High Performance Internet Services. No contracts. No data limits. Fiber latency. Guaranteed bandwidth. Top-Tier IT Professional installation and support.
It has been a blustery cold winter, but that has not stopped us from completing a long sought after expansion in Benzie County earlier this year. Following on the heels of this early 2019 expansion we have just completed another expansion on March 4th. These latest projects are milestones in our strategic plan to expand our high performance broadband network across Benzie County. We have now surpassed a little over one year of primary core development, commissioning two high performance fiber connections and completing five expansions. Compared to our industry counterparts downstate in Michigan and in surrounding states, our expansion rate stands at about 300% relative to company size, demonstrating our capability to rapidly address broadband concerns throughout Benzie County. Though we have already established significant core infrastructure in Benzie County, we look forward to further core network development throughout 2019 in parallel to greatly expanded County coverage.
We are directly working with several local Township and County officials, offering the technical expertise and leadership necessary to develop a network that fulfills everyone’s expectations. It is through mutual cooperation and the synergy therein by which the greatest results will be achieved. As we seek to reach out and develop new relationships and partnerships, we will continue the rapid deployment of our services. There are many more expansions in development, including other business development initiatives that will rapidly evolve and expand our service availability in other ways.
There are several reasons by which large portions of Benzie County are still lacking quality broadband options: from intentionally being passed over due to topographical difficulty, being ignored by large internet providers due to lack of profitability, to incorrect and inconsistent reporting by state-level organizations or initiatives. For many companies however – a shared problem; solvency when developing infrastructure especially when not grant-funded or otherwise subsidized. This fact eliminates nearly all large corporations from making any meaningful impact via expansion of infrastructure. Eclipse Communications is one of the very few companies in greater NW Michigan built organically and able to operate/expand without external help.
For Eclipse Communications, there never was a decision to make – we are well on our way towards developing a comprehensive broadband network for Benzie County and the surrounding region.
Eclipse Communications is pleased to announce the expansion of our wireless broadband services to Crystal Lake Township. We would like to extend our appreciation to those who supported us over the last year as we worked with the Frankfort Airport Authority to bring this expansion into reality. We would like to thank the Airport Authority and the Graves family for the opportunity to use the tower in support of our efforts to develop broadband infrastructure in Benzie County.
This new tower provides us coverage in areas of Benzie County that are difficult to reach, also well as new opportunities to work with local area organizations and residents who have expressed interest in working with us. We will be able to reach large portions of unserved and under-served rural Benzie County, provide competitive broadband options for people who already have broadband such as cable internet, and provide advanced services not available by any other internet provider in NW Michigan. Many of these new opportunities have been in the works in parallel to the expansion project.
We will further develop this expansion by adding additional equipment to the tower as work progresses in the area. We generally install a standard loadout of equipment on a tower, and afterwards refine the tower as we spend time in the area around the tower. Essentially, we customize a tower specifically for each area in order to provide the most comprehensive coverage possible.
We would like to thank Matt Johnson and his company, Lakeshore Electric, for the fantastic electrical work performed under our demanding schedule. It is appreciated!
Eclipse Communications is dedicated to the continued and sustained development of communications infrastructure in Benzie County and we look forward to working with Benzie County, our local townships and local business development organizations.
Please visit our Facebook page for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/eclipsecommunicationsmi/
*Eclipse Communications is a locally owned and operated WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider), IT consulting, and Managed IT Services company located in Benzonia, MI.
We are excited to announce our latest expansion, the Crystal Lake Tower is now in active development! Our contract for the tower was approved last night, procurement begins next week and we begin deployment in early-mid October. We have been working hard all year to develop expansions to our broadband services in Benzie County, we have and will continue to uphold our commitment to develop any and all avenues to expand our services and reach as many people as possible.
Eclipse Communications is dedicated to investing in and developing permanent high performance broadband infrastructure in Benzie County. We tout the ability to engineer and deploy our network in-house, this allows us to independently develop and support a network architecture purpose built for the delivery of high performance connectivity and focus the delivery of these services directly to the people that need it. Our connections are comparable to, and superior in some ways, to cable connections. Allowing us to offer uncompromising quality, internet connections without contract, without caps and additional costs, capable of supporting our all of our client’s expectations in 2018 and beyond.
We would like to thank Frankfort City County Airport Authority, for the opportunity to expand our infrastructure into Crystal Lake Township. This is a excellent expansion to our network and will greatly benefit many people in Benzie County who lack access to quality broadband services.
We are very pleased to announce our latest expansion to our broadband network, the Benzonia tower is now operational! This expansion was accompanied by another large project, the provisioning of another high performance fiber backbone in Benzie County. We spared no expense bringing this tower online, it is equipped with the latest generation wireless equipment with access to Benzie County’s fastest fiber connection.
We offer high-performance, guaranteed-speed, no contract, no data cap, no throttling broadband connections. Our connections can handle anything: streaming movies/shows (Netflix for example), online gaming and VPNs/remote work requirements. We offer business and enterprise class connectivity options as well. All of our services are backed with the highest level technical and customer support provided by in-house IT professionals.
We have an aggressive roadmap in place as we continue to build out our network and bring broadband connectivity to Benzie County. The Benzonia tower is a core component of our expansion plans, serving to provide not only coverage of a difficult-to-service area but also provide the transport we need to reach other parts of the county.
We are very pleased to announce that Richard Macrae has joined our team! Richard is a highly intelligent individual with a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology and experience in IT operations, IT service delivery and systems analysis. Richard will play a key role in the development of Eclipse Communications, and work in a variety of capacities such as Managed Services, IT consulting and installation of our wireless internet services. He will also be responsible for researching and co-developing our various services as we scale our operations up.
Eclipse Communications is a locally owned and operated company based in Benzonia, MI. We are dedicated to developing infrastructure throughout Benzie County, but also in providing opportunities to local members of our community. As a locally owned and operated company, it is our belief that Benzie County’s growth and success is based on developing not only our local business and infrastructure, but also each other by providing opportunities and empowerment to each other. Richard is a Benzie County native, and we are excited to see the impact he has on our community.
We would like to announce that Eclipse Communications has joined with TKS Security under a Technology and Integration Partnership! As a locally owned company, we are excited to partner with another local company who shares our core values and principles towards technology. Although we provide many services and take pride in being able to deliver on all our commitments, it is important to us that if we find we are not able to provide the solution that our client is looking for that we can point them in the right direction and make a solid recommendation.
As an MSP (Managed Services Provider) we are routinely asked to advise on, repair or upgrade security systems and access control systems. We recognize that our service offerings are limited within the scope of these systems, this new partnership allows us to work alongside TKS Security, and together ensure our mutual client receives a cost effective and customized solution to their needs. This partnership will also enhance our company’s ability to connect you with highly experienced professionals with whom we have already vetted, worked with, and trust.
This partnership has been a long time coming, our respective companies knew of each other’s services and reputation for several years with the owners of each company knowing each other since 2007. Together, we look forward to new challenges and new opportunities as we seek to deliver the highest level of service possible.
About TKS Security: TKS Security provides commercial and residential access control, monitoring, security and alarms services and is based in Traverse City, MI. Please visit their website! https://www.gotks.com/
About Eclipse Communications: Eclipse Communications is a WISP (Wireless Internet Service provider), MSP (Managed Services Provider) and IT Consulting company based in Benzonia, MI. Visit our site! http://www.eclipse-communications.com/
We are pleased to announce the upcoming expansion of our wireless internet services to Benzonia Township as well as the deployment of another high performance fiber connection in Benzie County! Eclipse Communications, being a locally owned and operated company, is committed to delivering powerful new options to our communities, long ago disregarded and forgotten by the large Internet service providers or avoided as ‘too-difficult’ by less-capable companies.
Much of the initial preparation for this expansion was completed in late 2017, at about the time that our 2017 capstone projects had completed, ensuring the foundation was in place and that expansion could therefore start immediately. The new fiber connection will be brought into Benzonia, this process requires a range of tasks from permitting and easement work to the installation of conduit and support infrastructure ending in the splicing and lighting of the new fiber connection. This aspect of the project will take some time and during this timeframe we will be installing our transport/distribution equipment as well as developing propagation studies of the surrounding area. The tower will be ready to go before the fiber work is complete, allowing us to immediately install or pre-install connections which is important due to the large amount of interest we receive.
Our dedication to expansion and development has been extremely well received by local businesses, local government officials and business development organizations. We greatly appreciate this support and are channeling it towards a very aggressive expansion schedule. There are many talented and dedicated people working to the best of their ability to smooth the path forward and arm us with the support we need to reach our highest level of potential as quickly as possible.