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DZS and Myakka Communications Leverage Government Stimulus to Bring ‘Broadband to the Boonies’ at Symmetrical Gigabit Speeds to Rural Homes and Businesses in West Central Florida



Award-winning fiber internet service provider and former WISP sees tremendous value in shifting to fiber-based services and US-based manufacturing

DALLAS, July 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DZS (Nasdaq: DZSI), a global leader in access networking and cloud software solutions, today announced continued success in its mission to bridge the digital divide through a longstanding partnership with Myakka Communications to provide “Broadband to the Boonies” in Southwest Florida. Recently recognized as “Florida’s Fastest Fiber Optic Provider” with symmetric gigabit available to all subscribers, this local family service provider was the first to bring broadband to Myakka City and surrounding areas, and today offers accelerating the service levels needed for increasingly popular use cases such as virtual meetings, gaming, telemedicine, start-ups and emerging metaverse experiences.

“Major local service providers provided phone and cable services in our area told us it would be decades before they brought broadband to east Manatee County, so we decided to bring “broadband to the boonies” ourselves. We are extremely satisfied and have been a ‘chief cheerleader’ for DZS since we first visited their R&D center and manufacturing facility here in Florida and partnered with them in 2011.” , said Charles J. (Charley) Matson, CEO of Myakka Communications. “Our high-speed internet service has received a lot of positive attention – especially during the pandemic – as it enables remote learning and working, which is not as reliable with other available options like dial-up access. satellite and the creation of mobile hotspots We currently have a participation rate of over 95% among the subdivisions and businesses we pass through, and it is no wonder given the critical need for service levels all-fiber broadband not only for work and school, but also for entrepreneurial business operations, telemedicine, gaming and other services that people increasingly want and need, where that they live.

Myakka Communications started out as a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), but faced significant operational challenges, including a high prevalence of lightning strikes causing outages. In 2011, they began building out their fiber network with the help of USDA broadband stimulus dollars and technology partner DZS. Time spent on service calls is also much less with fiber and everything can be done from the ground up.

Myakka Communications has exclusively used DZS Passive Optical Network (PON) broadband connectivity solutions since the beginning of the fiber infrastructure deployment. This currently includes massively scalable, non-blocking DZS Velocity Intelligent Terabit Access Hubs (OLTs) and DZS Helix Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) and WiFi Gateways.

“As a US-based company with manufacturing operations just an hour away, DZS is especially proud to support the team at Myakka Communications, a local company that overcame significant challenges to bring services 100 % gigabit-class fiber to a rural area that large providers don’t serve,” said Andrew Finkelstein, Senior Vice President, North America Sales, DZS. “With its recent move to gigabit speeds, Myakka Communications anticipated its community’s growing need for the increased bandwidth demanded by new virtualized services, smart homes, connected devices and other trends.And their scalable, multi-service DZS network architecture allows them to go straight and at lower cost to 10Gbps services and beyond when they are ready.At DZS, we are excited about what the future holds for our relationship. ion with Myakka Communications, because we not only enable broadband, but also “the metaverse to the boonies” of Central Florida and the entire country. »

The decade-long partnership between DZS and Myakka Communications is one of many such deployments underway or on the drawing board with broadband services of all sizes across the United States, as the federal government alone has earmarked nearly $80 billion in funding to extend broadband infrastructure to the unserved. and underserved areas, both rural and urban. DZS, together with its engineering and distribution partners, has the proven ability to help forward-looking operators deliver next-generation broadband “experiences” that transform quality of life and economic prospects wherever they go. become available.

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