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ISP expands ahead of ArtPrize
A Grand Rapids-based Internet service provider is celebrating its 20th year in business by expanding its services within the city.
Iserv announced it is expanding its wireless services throughout the city. The ISP is now offering 1RapidFreeWifi downtown just in time for ArtPrize, which runs from Sept. 23-Oct. 11. The expansion will allow better use of ArtPrize’s app and offer better access to public voting. ArtPrize officials are expecting more than 400,000 votes to be cast this year.
The Wi-Fi will be available in the following areas: Rosa Parks Circle; Michigan House, 40 Pearl St. NW; and the ArtPrize clubhouse, volunteer lounge, AccessArt Lounge and production office, all of which are located at 50 Monroe Ave. NW.
Iserv also is expanding its WAVE high-speed wireless Internet connection in the city of Grand Rapids following the installation of a new tower near the southern city limits. This expansion will serve Iserv’s customers in the city’s downtown and on the south side.
“We’re working to bridge the gap in wireless to businesses and residential areas throughout the country,” said Iserv President Jeff Royce.
“Technology is constantly changing, and our company has changed along with it. When Iserv started, our services were primarily dial-up residential services. Today, Iserv manages networks for everything from marinas on the coast, co-working spaces, airports, islands, resorts and affordable housing organizations with business offices in multiple states.”
Iserv, was founded in1995. In 2012, it was acquired by Massachusetts-based 382 Communications, a wholesale voice, data and network service provider, but its operations remain in Grand Rapids.