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Horizon and the YMCA of Central Ohio Keep Communities Connected with Internet and Hosted Voice Services

COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 12, 2021 – The YMCA of Central Ohio has selected Horizon, a fiber-optic broadband company operating out of Columbus, Ohio, to supply their Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and hosted voice solution.

The pandemic shed new light on the digital inequities that exist in the communities supported by the YMCA of Central Ohio, including the lack of internet access for many young people and families. In response, the YMCA answered the urgent need to keep communities connected by developing programming that increased internet access for all people they serve, in turn helping to lessen the gap in the digital divide.

These unique programs, which include Learning Extension Centers, STEM opportunities through eSports and live, virtual Y classes, created a higher demand in bandwidth at many of the YMCA’s locations. To empower these initiatives, Horizon and the YMCA worked together to develop network solutions for approximately a dozen Central Ohio locations. The solutions included fiber DIA (Direct Internet Access) with varying speeds by location, as well as Voice Connect, which is Horizon’s cloud-based voice product that delivers more robust communications and collaboration abilities.

“We are grateful for this partnership with Horizon, which allows us to significantly improve our YMCA’s WiFi experience and access as we serve our communities through various virtual programs and platforms,” said YMCA CEO, Tony Collins.

The YMCA noted an appreciation for Horizon’s partner approach to network solutions. The ability to work together on creative and flexible fiber network connectivity is what sets Horizon apart from other more cost-prohibitive service providers.

“When we started working with the YMCA, bandwidth challenges limited their online and streaming capabilities for a number of locations,” noted Glenn Lytle, Chief Revenue Officer for Horizon. “We’re excited for the opportunity to supply network solutions that enable technology growth and high-quality experiences for their community members.”

Horizon is committed to consultative, high-quality solutions and an approachable, reliable customer care system. To inquire more about fiber solutions from Horizon, visit HorizonConnects.com/enterprise-fiber or email FiberSalesLeads@HorizonConnects.com.

 

ABOUT HORIZON

Horizon is a facilities-based, fiber-optic broadband service provider based in Ohio with expanding services across the Midwest. Operating 5,000 route miles of fiber, Horizon provides high-quality connectivity solutions for small to large enterprise and wholesale carrier customers, where high-reliability and high availability are critical.

The extensive network offers high speed Ethernet, Dedicated Internet Access, Hosted Voice and UCaaS, dark fiber, wavelength, and data center connectivity services. Horizon partners with carriers, government, healthcare, education, and enterprise businesses offering flexible and customizable fiber network solutions with a remarkable commitment to customer care and cutting-edge fiber-optic technology. For more information, visit horizonconnects.com.

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ABOUT THE YMCA OF CENTRAL OHIO

The YMCA is one of Central Ohio’s leading non-profits, empowering youth and families and strengthening communities through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. As part of the fabric of Central Ohio for over 160 years, the Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more visit ymcacolumbus.org.

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