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Skywire Networks Welcomes Tom Gambino as Chief Operating Officer

By Paul Harr on Jul 26, 2022 8:15:00 AM

Having surpassed 2,000 lit buildings, an increase of over 170% since 2019, Skywire welcomes Tom Gambino to its leadership team. Tom joins as COO and will oversee the company’s residential and commercial network, engineering and business operations.

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Press Release: Skywire Networks Partners with Connectbase to Deliver High Speed Connectivity Across NYC's Most Underserved Areas

By Paul Harr on Jun 23, 2022 10:49:49 AM

The article below was published on Cision / PR Newswire.

Topics: NYC internet
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Press Release: Skywire Networks and Xchange Telecom Selected by NYC to Increase Broadband Connectivity

By Paul Harr on Nov 3, 2021 10:53:02 AM

The article below was published on PRWEB.

Topics: NYC internet
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Skywire CEO, Alan Levy, Talks NYC Fiber, Fixed Wireless, and 5G with Telecom Ramblings

By Paul Harr on Jan 18, 2021 11:00:43 AM

Everywhere we look in the telecom and internet infrastructure space we see preparations for 5G underway.  But in many cases, the technological hurdles aren’t the difficult ones.  In markets like New York City it’s easier to talk about network densification but a whole lot harder to actually do it.  Places like NYC have long been minefields for large carriers, but opportunity zones for smaller companies with the necessary local knowledge and capabilities.  One such operator in NYC is Skywire Networks, which has been busy deploying its network throughout the digital deserts of NYC. With us today to talk about Skywire’s approach to bringing high-speed internet to every corner of NYC is founder and CEO Alan Levy.

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We were Featured in American Security Today Regarding our Pandemic Response

By Paul Harr on Sep 23, 2020 6:31:56 PM

We were featured in American Security Today regarding our pandemic response.

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Skywire Networks Lights its 800th Building in NYC

By Paul Harr on May 27, 2020 3:35:07 PM

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an essential service provider and one of the most active network builders in NYC, we have stayed busy during the crisis. We are proud to announce that we have recently lit our 800th building.

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Skywire Action Plan in the Wake of Covid-19

By Paul Harr on Mar 16, 2020 11:40:05 AM

Dear Skywire customers and partners,

At this time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus, I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols and increasing network capacity, redundancy, and security to ensure that your network and business continues to run seamlessly and without interruption. 
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus, which among other things has resulted in the implementation of unprecedented levels of remote workforce policies. Demand for broadband services continues to rise especially as video conferencing, virtual-events tools, conference calling and other UC tools, are relied on to insure seamless communication with your employees, customers and partners.  
Here’s what we’re doing:

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Is Special Construction Killing Your Deals?

By Paul Harr on Oct 23, 2019 12:49:38 PM

We have all been through it. We go through the process of identifying what we thought were “lit” facilities, prepare a quote for the customer and eventually win the opportunity.  Then after a month of back and forth with the underlying carrier, we get that deal killing news….SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION CHARGES!

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Velstar Helps Key Hudson Yard Area Building Achieve Internet Connectivity Certification

By Paul Harr on Oct 7, 2019 11:14:02 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Velstar International LLC, a global technology solutions provider, announced today the deployment of a high-quality, fully redundant, dual-path Internet network into 555 West 25th Street in New York City. Owned by MacTaggart Family & Partners (MFP LP), this PLATINUM Certified building is a stately, six-story, pre-war loft building in the heart of the West Chelsea Art District and a few blocks from Hudson Yards. It offers tenants a broad range of technology amenities in partnership with Skywire Networks, one of the fastest-growing Internet builders in NYC. MFP LP has made a significant investment in the building's elevator system, common-area upgrades, surveillance and access security, as well as fiber-based, high-speed Internet, data and voice services.

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Skywire Networks Selected by Success Academy for Dual Path Network Connectivity

By Paul Harr on Aug 13, 2019 10:03:38 AM


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Bringing Broadband to the Outer Boroughs of NYC

By Paul Harr on Jun 19, 2019 1:00:11 PM

In 2004, an article was published by a research thinktank called The Center For an Urban Future titled - New York’s Broadband Gap. It’s remarkable how little has been accomplished in the 15 years since the article was published. Sometimes you need to look into the past to see the future.

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Fixed wireless broadband startup Starry files to raise up to $125 million.

By Paul Harr on May 14, 2019 8:30:21 AM

It’s nice to see Starry, a Boston based fixed wireless company focused primarily on the urban MDU space, raise $120 million at a pre-money valuation of $875 million. 

For $50/month, Starry delivers 200MB speeds to residential customers living in apartment buildings initially in Boston and in other cities. Starry, Skywire and other platforms which deliver OTT services are contributing to the massive increase in “cord cutting” which increased to 1 million homes in the fourth quarter.  

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TBI Event: Darren Feder Spreading the Skywire Story!

By Paul Harr on Apr 5, 2019 9:30:02 AM

Awesome day at TBI's NYC Cloud Commission event! Thanks @TBI Team!

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Channel Partners: Intelisys Teams with Ethernet Provider Skywire

By Paul Harr on Mar 14, 2019 12:06:29 PM

"Intelisys has aligned with a major Ethernet provider to serve New York City.  The ScanSource-owned master agent/distributor is partnering with Skywire Networks, which has 525 lit buildings in the Big Apple. Intelisys subagents can now offer services on Skywire’s broadband network...The new supplier gives needed resources to partners facing portfolio gaps when it comes to serving New York City area customers.  Skywire prides itself on reaching “digital deserts,” which are offices that aren’t part of well-lit “class A” commercial buildings."

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Skywire Networks Announces Partnership with Intelisys

By Paul Harr on Mar 12, 2019 9:03:28 AM

New York, NY –– Skywire Networks, one of the fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, with more than 525 lit buildings, 35 distribution hubs and 39,000 near-net buildings, announced today that it is now a Supplier Partner with Intelisys, Inc., a ScanSource company, and the nation’s leading provider of technology services. This partnership will provide Intelisys Sales Partners with access to Skywire’s extensive NYC broadband network.    

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