Winthrop’s Comstock Says ‘Zipstream’ to help Attract, Engage Students and Faculty

ROCK HILL, S.C. – (Feb. 11, 2014) This morning Comporium announced that it has begun the design of a new, state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that will provide ultra-fast internet service to Rock Hill’s “Knowledge Park.”

Named Zipstream, the service will provide internet speeds of 1,000 megabits per second (mbps) – or one Gigabit – to downtown Rock Hill by this summer, and will be offered to new businesses and residents of the Bleachery area as it is developed. Zipstream will become the technological foundation for Knowledge Park, the economic development plan that envisions knitting together Rock Hill’s historic Old Town area, new development Old Town East, and the redevelopment of the Bleachery property by master developer Sora-Phelps into a recognized hub for recruiting, launching, and growing high-impact technology businesses.

“Every day I’m more and more convinced that Knowledge Park is our shared future. Zipstream is leading-edge technology that will not only help attract and engage students and faculty, but also enable exciting research and teaching projects,” said Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock, Winthrop University president.

“Along with other community partners, Winthrop is particularly delighted to see Comporium deploying this as a tangible catalyst for growth in Rock Hill’s knowledge economy,” added Comstock. “The opportunity for academic and business collaboration is phenomenal.”

About Winthrop

A top-ranked regional public comprehensive institution serving more than 6,000 students, Winthrop blends liberal arts, professional programs, global understanding, and civic engagement in a dynamic and diverse community of learners. No matter what students study at Winthrop, they are ready for successful careers, engaged in a democratic society, responsive to local and global concerns, and grounded in values that give meaning to their lives.

About Comporium

Comporium is a privately-held, diversified technology and communications company that focuses on exceeding its customers’ expectations with technologically advanced services that make customers’ lives easier. Comporium and affiliated companies continually invest in emerging technologies that focus on data, switching, transport, storage, and other intellectual property that recognizes the emerging importance of a connected world. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.

About Knowledge Park

The Knowledge Park will be the dynamic center of Rock Hill’s 21st century economy. Designed to be home to knowledge economy businesses and jobs, it is technologically advanced, yet rooted in the city’s rich history. Supported by a diverse community of learners, it offers an appealing urban lifestyle built upon a model of economic and environmental sustainability. For more information, please visit www.knowledgeparkrockhill.com.

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