Everstream, the business-only fiber network, today has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Rocket Fiber LLC, a fiber-based network service provider in Detroit. The acquisition completes Everstream’s coverage in all major Michigan markets and gives Everstream the largest fiber footprint in greater downtown Detroit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Detroit has undergone extraordinary growth in the last five years, making the acquisition of Rocket Fiber and its strong presence in Detroit the perfect complement to our existing Michigan network,” said Everstream President and CEO Brett Lindsey. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Dan Gilbert and the Rock Family of Companies, including Rocket Fiber, Rock Ventures and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This opportunity allows us to continue to provide Detroit-area businesses with the high-capacity, low-latency connectivity services they’ve come to expect from their fiber network provider and expands their direct access across Midwest through the growing Everstream network.”
The expansion into Detroit with the Rocket Fiber acquisition includes:
- 41 route miles of network in greater downtown Detroit.
- Direct connection to Everstream’s existing fiber network infrastructure in Michigan and its other Midwest markets.
- Two offices in downtown Detroit, including more than 75 team members.
“This acquisition marks the final stage of Rocket Fiber’s evolution,” said Marc Hudson, CEO and Co-Founder, Rocket Fiber. “What began six years ago as a moonshot idea to leapfrog Detroit’s technology infrastructure has come full circle as we’ve matured into a rapidly growing and profitable business. By joining Everstream, our customers have access to the same incredible client service along with the added benefit of Everstream’s much larger Midwest footprint.”
The acquisition of Rocket Fiber is in addition to the company’s recently announced $250 million commitment to buildout new fiber infrastructure across the Midwest in 2020. This year, Everstream plans to expand into five new markets, hire 100 new employees and reach its goal of 15,000 route miles of fiber deployed across the Midwest.
“Everstream looks forward to maintaining Rocket Fiber’s strong presence in the Detroit market,” Lindsey said. “We’re excited to build on that success and partner with all new and existing customers to help them scale.”
Rocket Fiber was founded in 2014 by Hudson, Chief Technology Officer Randy Foster and Chief Operating Officer Edi Demaj after the trio recognized the need for a faster, more reliable internet solution in Detroit. Dan Gilbert, who shared their goal of providing the community with dependable connectivity, provided funding for the venture.
Everstream’s enterprise-grade network delivers robust business fiber services, including dedicated internet access, dark fiber, Ethernet and data center solutions. The company’s advanced fiber network offers direct peering with all major carriers and cloud hyperscalers. With high-speed, low-latency connections, it provides converged internet, voice and data services at speeds of up to 100 Gbps.
To learn more and view Everstream’s network and expansion efforts, visit everstream.net/network-expansion.
Bank Street Group served as exclusive financial advisor and Bodman PLC served as legal counsel to Rocket Fiber in connection with this transaction. MVP Capital Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor and Thompson Hine LLP served as legal counsel to Everstream.
Everstream has raised the bar for business connectivity, delivering a business-only fiber network with the speed, reliability, scale and performance that today’s enterprises demand. With more than 13,000 route miles of fiber and speeds up to 100 Gbps, Everstream’s enterprise-grade network delivers robust business fiber services, including dedicated internet access, dark fiber, Ethernet and data center solutions. Through its “Do What You Say You Will Do” approach, Everstream is a valued partner dedicated to the success of business customers. For more information, visit everstream.net.
About Rocket Fiber
Rocket Fiber is a Michigan-based company that delivers multi-gigabit internet and connectivity solutions for businesses and residences. The company’s core mission is to transform the way clients create, collaborate and communicate. Rocket Fiber’s portfolio of services includes managed network services, data and cloud, voice and dedicated internet, all of which are backed by award winning, white-glove client service and a state-of-the-art 24/7/365 Network Operations Center.