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Lawsuit Makes It Official: Time Warner Cable ISP Can’t Deliver

By Brent Barbara on Feb 2, 2017 11:38:23 AM

Yesterday the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications, alleging that the cable internet provider failed to deliver on promised internet speeds and reliability. Connecticut-based Charter’s subsidiary, Spectrum, was previously known as Time Warner Cable.

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Skywire Networks to attend the Long Island City Partnership B2B Trade Show

By Brent Barbara on Nov 3, 2016 3:20:02 PM

We are pleased to announce that as a proud sponsor of the Long Island City Partnership, Skywire Networks will be exhibiting at their marquee event of the year – the LICP Annual Trade Show and Luncheon -- on November 10th at the Astoria World Manor! This B2B trade show in Western Queens will feature more than 100 exhibitors, local tastemakers, and thousands of attendees.

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Fiber Killed Copper. Did Google Just Kill Fiber?

By Brent Barbara on Oct 28, 2016 11:09:15 AM

Google rocked the telecommunications world this week with its announcement that its Google Fiber division is halting its planned rollout in 10 cities and that its chief executive, Craig Barratt, is stepping down. Layoffs are planned.

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Broadband in NYC is a Tale of Two Cities. Parts of Brooklyn & Queens are Left Behind

By Brent Barbara on Aug 29, 2016 10:18:42 AM

In New York City’s boroughs you are guaranteed access to the world’s best bagels, pizza and cheesecake 24 hours a day. But high-speed broadband? Not necessarily. 

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Long Island City's Zipper Building Gets Enterprise-Class Broadband From Skywire

By Brent Barbara on Aug 17, 2016 11:13:12 AM

When the Vanbarton Group, a privately owned real estate investment and advisory firm, purchased the Zipper Building in Long Island City, Queens in February of 2015, they had big plans for the 51,200 square foot building. But they knew a key part of transforming the former storage facility into a state-of-the-art commercial space was bringing business-class broadband into the building for Vanbarton’s future tenants.

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NYC Broadband Market Heats Up as Google Buys Webpass

By Brent Barbara on Aug 10, 2016 3:58:19 PM

There was big news in the ISP industry earlier this summer when it was announced that Google Fiber had entered into an agreement to acquire Webpass, an internet service provider that uses point-to-point wireless technology to deliver high-speed broadband to apartment buildings and businesses. With tens of thousands of customers across five major markets in the U.S. (the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Miami, Chicago and Boston), Webpass will allow Google Fiber to accelerate the deployment of superfast internet connections for customers in urban areas across the U.S.

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Xchange Telecom Lights its 250th Building in NYC; Launches New Division -- Skywire Networks -- to Bring Ethernet Access to New York City’s Non-fiber Commercial Buildings

By Brent Barbara on Jul 28, 2016 12:33:16 PM



BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – July 28, 2016 -- Xchange Telecom, a diversified, New York City-based telecommunications company, announced today that it has just lit its 250th building, The Zipper Building at Austell Place in Long Island City, Queens. This is a major milestone in the company’s mission of bringing ethernet access to NYC’s underserved areas. The Brooklyn-based company also announces the launch of Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom. Currently, more than 90% of commercial buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan do not have access to gigabit speeds and are reliant on poor quality connections and services solely from Verizon and the cable companies. 

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PR Newswire: Siklu Brings Broadband to New York City’s Digital Deserts

By Brent Barbara on Jul 27, 2016 3:27:04 PM

Siklu Brings Broadband to New York City’s Digital Deserts 

FAIRLAWN, NEW JERSEY — July 27, 2016 — Skywire Networks, the business division of Xchange Telecom, has selected Siklu Inc. for its easy-to-deploy solutions to enable multi-gigabit broadband for commercial buildings in New York City. This partnership is part of New York City’s broadband expansion in Industrial Business Zones, which is delivering business class data and voice services to currently underserved areas known as the city’s “digital deserts”. As industrial areas undergo urbanization, there is a huge need for urban wireless solutions as these areas lack fiber-based broadband. Skywire Networks is using Siklu’s fiber-like wireless links to resolve the network densification bottleneck that is happening in these underserved pockets of the city. With Siklu’s cost-effective links, interference-free communication is delivered within weeks to business buildings; changing digital deserts into digital havens. 

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Skywire Networks' Broadband Saves Video Production Company in Flatiron District from Costly Move

By Brent Barbara on Jun 13, 2016 2:45:50 PM

Slow Internet was Crippling Attitude Inc. as Uploading Large Video Files Became Industry Standard 

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By Brent Barbara on Apr 27, 2016 11:49:44 AM

Brooklyn, NY, April 27, 2016 - Strikes are disruptive. That's exactly the point of them. It has now been more than a week since 40,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) union members went on strike against Verizon. Experts say the strike, which is the largest national strike in years, could go on for weeks and backlogs will likely impact the organization for months.

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Xchange Telecom Featured in Commercial Observer

By Brent Barbara on Oct 7, 2015 5:46:00 AM

Wiring the Internet Deserts of New York


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Xchange Telecom Featured in GCN

By Brent Barbara on Aug 4, 2015 5:39:00 AM

Broadband deployments: Government gets busy


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Xchange Telecom Featured in Technical.ly

By Brent Barbara on Jul 10, 2015 5:36:00 AM

NYCEDC teams up with ISPs to bring faster internet to Brooklyn businesses


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Xchange Telecom Partners With NYC EDC on Broadband Expansion in Industrial Business Zones

By Brent Barbara on Jul 1, 2015 5:33:00 AM

NYCEDC Announces the Launch of Connect IBZ: Broadband Expansion in Industrial Business Zones New Broadband Networks Will Improve Access to High-Speed Internet in IBZs in Brooklyn and Queens, Helping to Facilitate Connections for Hundreds of Businesses in Underserved Digital Deserts

NYCEDC Announces the Launch of Connect IBZ: Broadband Expansion in Industrial Business Zones

New Broadband Networks Will Improve Access to High-Speed Internet in IBZs in Brooklyn and Queens, Helping to Facilitate Connections for Hundreds of Businesses in Underserved Digital Deserts

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the launch of Connect IBZ: Broadband Expansion in Industrial Business Zones (Connect IBZ), a $5.3 million public-private partnership that will construct access to high-speed Internet in IBZs in New York City by expanding broadband infrastructure in currently underserved areas. The program will create high-speed commercial broadband networks in the Southwest Brooklyn, Long Island City, North Brooklyn, and Greenpoint-Williamsburg IBZs, which are among the City’s “Digital Deserts.” Fast and reliable broadband access has become increasingly critical for businesses of all types in New York City, and Connect IBZ will help increase access to broadband connectivity for hundreds of businesses in these currently underserved communities. The networks in the four IBZs will be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated by Stealth Communications Services LLC, and Xchange Telecom LLC, two New York City-based Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

"High-speed Internet is critical to the success of businesses in the 21st century economy, and it is imperative that we support these Industrial Business Zones with the necessary infrastructure so that they can continue to provide quality jobs for New Yorkers," said NYCEDC Interim President Kim Vaccari. "Connect IBZ provides broadband access to underserved industrial businesses in Brooklyn and Queens, bringing increased opportunities to hundreds of businesses in former Digital Deserts."

Through the Connect IBZ program, Stealth Communications will build a fiber optic network in the Southwest Brooklyn IBZ, and will work with NYCEDC and members of the community to determine a site for an outdoor wireless network that will be free to the public. Xchange Telecom will create a fiber core, fixed-wireless edge broadband network in the Long Island City, North Brooklyn, and Greenpoint-Williamsburg IBZs, enabling customers to receive service from network hubs wirelessly via rooftop-mounted equipment. Customers signing up for service from either provider will have access to service at speeds from 10 megabits per second to one gigabit per second or higher. Both ISPs will work closely with community organizations in the IBZs to ensure that the network design and business outreach processes are informed by local priorities and provide local benefits. Kickoff events will be held this summer in each of the IBZs, where commercial tenants will be able to learn more about the program and sign up for service. Businesses interested in the IBZs interested in upgraded broadband service may visit http://nycedc.com/connectibz to learn more about these events and submit their information to be put in touch with the ISPs as service rolls out in their area.

NYCEDC will provide over $1.6 million for the program from the New York State Connect NY Broadband Grant Program. This funding will be supplemented by private contributions from the ISPs totaling over $3.75M. Project funding will cover the costs of network creation as well as build-outs to at least 500 commercial tenants over two years, with both ISPs investing in further network expansion beyond the contract term. Commercial tenants in the IBZs will benefit from access to newer and more reliable technologies as well as faster Internet speeds that will enable them to grow and thrive. This initial investment in broadband infrastructure in these digital deserts will serve as a launching pad for future growth and will ensure that these areas remain competitive with other real estate in the city for attracting and retaining innovative businesses.

The Connect IBZ project areas were selected through a publicly-issued Request for Expressions of Interest, and the providers were selected through a public Request for Proposals issued in summer 2014. “Access to high-speed broadband is critical for growing and retaining business in New York State. Without robust broadband infrastructure, businesses cannot remain competitive in today’s 21st century global economy,” said David Salway, Executive Director of the NYS Broadband Program. “We are extremely pleased that through Governor Cuomo’s Connect NY Broadband Grant Program, unserved businesses in the NYC region will benefit from these key infrastructure improvements.”

"For 20 years Stealth’s mission has been serving New York City businesses with ultrafast Internet connectivity," said Shrihari Pandit, Managing Member of Stealth Communications. "We are honored to receive support from the City and State — the grant speeds our expansion into Brooklyn and brings down broadband costs for businesses throughout the IBZ."

“Xchange Telecom is honored to be a key part of the NYCEDC Connect IBZ project. Xchange will deliver business class broadband services as well as state of the art Communications services to the rapidly growing and thriving business community located throughout the Connect IBZ footprint”, says Alfred West, CEO of Xchange Telecom.

“We consistently hear from our businesses in the IBZs, particularly those in smaller, older buildings, that access to high speed, reliable, affordable broadband is essential to their future success,” Elizabeth Lusskin, President of the Long Island City Partnership. “This is true whether you are operating a more traditional industrial company that uses tech on your sales and administrative side, or one of our many companies where tech forms the core of the business. Increasing broadband on an area-wide basis will also help LIC maintain a competitive edge over areas outside the city that seek to lure our companies away.”

“We’re so glad Connect IBZ is getting off the ground”, stated Leah Archibald, Executive Director of Evergreen. “So many businesses complain about spotty telephone and internet service in North Brooklyn. This program will provide relief for these businesses, helping them respond to their customers’ needs in a timely fashion”.

“The Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) is thrilled that the businesses of Southwest Brooklyn will soon benefit from widespread and reliable broadband internet access,” said David Meade, Executive Director of SBIDC. “For years now throughout Sunset Park, short and sometimes long term internet outages are very common. We hear from businesses all the time of the challenges in conducting business day in and day out because of faulty and inconsistent internet service. With all the challenges of running a small business, an improved and fast internet service will help the myriad of businesses not only with everyday operations but also add to their ability to expand their business.”

Connect IBZ is part of City's larger suite of initiatives to expand broadband connectivity and increase high-speed Internet access for commercial businesses and entrepreneurs, including WiredNYC, an initiative aimed at bringing transparency to broadband connectivity in NYC's commercial buildings and the NYC Broadband Map, which provides an up-to-date view of the availability of broadband infrastructure in commercial buildings as well as a view of emerging demand for broadband services in the City’s commercial buildings and neighborhoods. Additionally, the City remains committed to the expansion of broadband and high-speed Internet access throughout all five boroughs. In November 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced LinkNYC, an initiative that will bring the world’s fastest municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers by replacing an aging network of public pay telephones with state-of-the-art connection points. About NYCEDC New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives. About Stealth Based in New York City, Stealth Communications provides ultrafast Internet connectivity to businesses since 1995. In 2013, the company received authorization from the City of New York to start construction of its own fiber network. Laying every single cable and servicing each customer personally, Stealth offers some of the City’s fastest and most reliable Internet service at a nominal cost, providing a platform for New York’s businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive. Visit www.stealth.net or call Stealth at +1-212-232-2020 to learn more about their Internet and dark fiber services.

About Xchange Xchange Telecom is a NYC based voice and data service provider serving the greater NY area. Xchange Telecom, which was founded in 2002, builds and operates customized network, Ethernet and voice solutions for business, enterprise and carrier customers. Xchange Telecom is committed to the highest level of customer service and support. For more information on the company services, please visit www.xchangetele.com. For more information on the Xchange Connect IBZ project, please visit www.xchangetele.com/NYCIBZ.

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Xchange Telecom Featured in Crain's New York Business

By Brent Barbara on Jul 1, 2015 5:31:00 AM

City will bring high-speed broadband to digital deserts in Brooklyn and Queens

The city's Economic Development Corp. has launched a program to wire industrial business zones in Brooklyn and Queens. Two providers will offer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

City Hall may be stalled so far in its fight with Verizon over its FiOS deployment, but it is making progress on another front in its campaign for universal broadband access. The city Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday the launch of a program to bring high-speed Internet access to so-called digital deserts in Brooklyn and Queens.

At least a year in the making, the $5.3 million public-private partnership called Connect IBZ will bring high-speed commercial broadband networks to three industrial business zones in Brooklyn and one in Long Island City, Queens. More than 5,000 businesses in

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