We started as a BBS in the early 90s (that’s a Bulletin Board System for you youngsters), before the World Wide Web was born. When that first Web browser was released (Mosaic for you youngsters), we made the transition to become one of the first retail ISPs in the country, and in 1995 we became the first company to provide wholesale Internet services to other ISPs.
The years that followed were, frankly, nuts. The Internet was where it was at. Put a .com in your name and you were golden, regardless of whether you had a business plan or any hope of future earnings. But, we were the tortoise, not the hare. Slow and steady. We were the ant, not the grasshopper. We worked hard. We ran our company using sound business practices and with an eye to the future, regardless of all the craziness going on around us.
In 2000, when the dot-com bubble burst and Internet companies were dropping like flies, what were we doing? Unlike our competitors, who were closing their doors and abandoning customers, we worked around the clock to rescue independent ISPs that were left with no network management and monitoring, no email services, no end-user technical support, and no one else to turn to.