Trivalent Acquires Allegan Network

August 24, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Trivalent Group has announced the acquisition of the Allegan County Community Network (ACCN) from Allegan County Intermediate School District (ACISD).

ACCN, created by ACISD in 1996 to help ensure communitywide Internet access, will now offer a wider array of service options and, for the first time, 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week technical support.

“We started ACCN at a time when there was literally no Internet service in Allegan County,” said Midge Stamas, communications consultant for ACISD. “As an educational institution, we felt it was part of our mission to ensure that our students, parents and others in the district could access e-mail and the Web. Today, the 2,000-plus customers of ACCN deserve an upgrade in quality, options and service, and Trivalent is the company to provide it.”

Trivalent, which was chosen through a competitive bidding process to acquire the ACCN, has provided the hardware and Internet access for ACCN since it was founded in 1996. As Trivalent takes over ACCN, it will soon begin enhancing virus protection, spam filtering and parental controls. Trivalent will also offer additional national phone numbers so users can access the service anywhere in the continental United States.

“We made it possible for Trivalent to take over the service without having to change any of the phone numbers users are accustomed to,” said Tom Hughes of Trivalent Group. “There will be no disruption of service, and over the next eight-to-12 months we will be rolling out new services like high-speed dialup.”

There will be no change in fees, access numbers, technical support service numbers, e-mail addresses, payment methods or Web hosting. Customers also will not need to make any changes to the settings on their computers.

The official switch date for Trivalent to take over service is Sept. 1.    

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