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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Technological start-up revolutionizes internet speed and security
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Left and right, established corporations and groundbreaking start-ups are choosing the city of Detroit as their headquarters. Rock Ventures and the Quicken Loans Family of Companies generated a new business in 2014 with a mission to bring the fastest internet to Detroit: Rocket Fiber.
Rocket Fiber’s initial goal was to get Detroit back on the map from a technological perspective. An industry leader, Rocket Fiber works as an innovative internet service provider, offering affordable gigabit internet and a tailored client experience to Detroit residents and businesses.
With its connection to the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, Detroit was the ideal place for this technological venture. With the highest number of engineers per capita in the country, Michigan is home to countless professionals focused on industry advancement. Rocket Fiber CEO and Co-Founder Marc Hudson quickly recognized that starting up, running and maintaining a business in Michigan is a favorable pursuit.
“Everyone is so tight knit in our community, especially here in Detroit,” said Hudson. “People want to buy local, they want to support a local company. So, being a start-up in Detroit, we’ve got support from all the anchor companies down here, all the anchor institutions. It’s been tremendous.”
Bringing internet to the Motor City 1,000 times faster than the average, Rocket Fiber is continuing to lead the industry in speed, security and reliability. Its new fiber backbone is transforming the way clients create, collaborate and communicate, and it’s all happening right here in Michigan.
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