Aeneas Communications, LLC, operating as Aeneas Internet and Telephone, is a telecommunications provider headquartered in Jackson, Tennessee. Aeneas Communications offers Internet access, local and long distance service in Tennessee, Voice over IP, colocation, business telephone systems, commercial e-mail, WAN (Wide area network), commercial web hosting, Internet backbone connectivity for businesses, and disaster preparedness options.〔(Aeneas Internet and Telephone )〕
It serves all of the state of Tennessee.
== History ==
Founded in 1995 as Aeneas Internet Services. Over the years it has grown from offering basic dial-up Internet services to a wide range of telecommunications. Aeneas is a regulated telephone utility in the state of Tennessee and offers services including nationwide Internet access, local and long distance service in Tennessee, Voice over Internet, commercial Web hosting and design, Internet backbone connectivity for businesses, broadband Internet, off-site file storage and disaster preparedness options.
Aeneas has a long history of firsts, and a particular sensitivity to the often-neglected needs of rural communities. It was the first company to bring Internet to rural Tennessee, and soon after its creation became West Tennessee's largest Internet provider. Aeneas was also the first to bring broadband Internet to rural Tennessee. And in 1999, Aeneas expanded into the telephone industry as Aeneas Internet and Telephone when it became Tennessee's first and only Tennessee-owned, facilities based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier ("CLEC"). In 2004, Aeneas became the first Tennessee-based VoIP carrier, over the largest municipal FTTH (fiber to the home) network in the country, once again taking a place on the front lines of the latest telecommunications breakthrough.〔(Telecompaper )〕
Rebirth, Recovery, and Reinvention
In 2003, it seemed as if the steady growth of the company would be brought to a violent halt when the home office of Aeneas Internet and Telephone was struck by an F-4 tornado with winds over 200 mph. Archive of Tornado Articles )〕 The building was completely destroyed along with a large amount of valuable equipment.Aeneas restored the bulk of its services within 72 hours. Aeneas was recognized by the Department of Homeland Security for the company's quick recovery, and was chosen to take part in a 2004 national ad campaign on disaster preparedness.〔(''The Nashville Business Journal'' )〕 A year after the tornado, Aeneas moved into new permanent headquarters in downtown Jackson, Tennessee.〔(Jackson Sun Real Estate Showcase )〕
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