Shelby company expands high-speed Internet network

Shelby Star (Online) – July 31, 2013

A Shelby-based communications company recently expanded its fiber-optic network from 500 to 3,000 miles, delivering high-speed Internet to more customers across the state.

“We focus on everyone in the state who needs broadband or quality video services,” said Dan Limerick, CEO of RST Global Communications.

RST is one of several companies with local ties extending Internet connectivity options to residents in recent months.

In recent weeks, Raleigh-based REVO Communications, another high-speed Internet provider, has discussed plans of connecting Cleveland County through wireless internet.

RST Global hopes to increase Internet connectivity as well, which will benefit local economies, according to Limerick, because strong Internet service helps attract industries and businesses to a community.

“Our society is a very mobile society. Everyone is on their smartphones and iPads. I think it’s apparent that without broadband connectivity, a community is going to be in trouble moving ahead, in attracting industry and highly qualified people,” Limerick said. “What RST is offering right now is probably the best infrastructure in the country. I don’t know of anyone who can compete with us, connectivity and price-wise in the United States.”

The company is not only expanding its network, it also has plans to expand its services. RST currently offers TV, Internet and phone service to customers, but is adding a la carte services, as well as packages for local channels.

The future of Internet service

Limerick said RST’s work is about bringing North Carolina up to speed. High-speed Internet is “the highway for knowledge,” he said.

“In the future, the communities and areas and colleges and universities that have invisible broadband, when you download a page, it’s there instantly,” he said. “You never question where it is or who’s supplying it. We think that the future is bringing this service to all communities in a fashion where it is invisible.”

Whether someone needs a recipe, information for school or medical knowledge, Limerick said RST’s goal is to put that information at their fingertips, for everybody in the state.

“This concept came out of wanting to benefit the local community,” said Beth McKenna, a spokeswoman for RST. “There are so many areas that don’t have high speed Internet service and economically it kind of puts them behind.”

Goals for expansion

In the near future, RST plans to continue expanding its local network, which currently serves Boiling Springs, Gardner-Webb University, Kings Mountain and its AT&T Data Center. RST also plans to expand into other major cities and small communities across the southeast.

“Over the next three years, we’re going to be serving from Miami to New York,” said Limerick. “So we’ll be serving the whole East Coast.”

What is RST Global?

-A Shelby-based company that constructs and manages fiber-optic networks to provide high-speed Internet options to communities.

-Services include TV, Internet and phone service.

-Over the past seven months, they have expanded their service area from 500 miles to 3,000 miles.

-Their next goal is to expand into South Carolina.

-They also plan to offer TV packages that include local channels in high definition, and a la carte services, in which customers can pick which channels they want to watch when they want to watch them.

-All three founders of RST are Shelby natives, including CEO Dan Limerick, Doug Brown and Randy Revels.

-For more information, visit www.rstfiber.com.

Where is RST?

-It is available in Kings Mountain and currently serves the AT&T Data Center there.

-Boiling Springs, including Gardner-Webb University, uses their service.

-Locally, fiber-optic lines run through Gastonia, Lowell, McAdenville, Cramerton and Belmont as well.

RST also has fiber-optics across the state, from Manteo to Murphy, including Raleigh and all the major cities. Their lines are hooked up directly to Charlotte.

-Fiber lines have been constructed in Shelby, but they are not active yet.

What is the benefit of RST?

-“We give better service at less cost,” said Dan Limerick. “RST can provide a 50×50 connection at a 30 to 40 percent savings.”

Limerick said faster Internet service would benefit schools, medical facilities, and city and county facilities.

RST’s all-fiber network has speeds of up to 10-gigabites per second, more than 100 times faster than average Internet service.