The Inside Scoop on Georgia’s First Fiberhood

ALPHARETTA, Ga., October 21, 2014 —The Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN), an association dedicated to uniting and strengthening the Greater Alpharetta technology community by hosting thought leadership, educational and tech networking events and opportunities, in partnership with North American Properties (NAP), will be hosting its fall thought leadership event, “The Inside Scoop on Georgia’s First Fiberhood,” on Thursday, November 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Avalon, which is located at 6100 Avalon Boulevard in Alpharetta.

The speakers, including VP of Development John Kelley and VP of Marketing Liz Gillespie from North American Properties (Avalon’s owners), and the same company that revamped Atlantic Station, as well as Max Kipfer, Executive Vice President from Hotwire Communications, will discuss the technology behind Avalon’s “fiberhood,”  the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network which provides for fiber connection speeds of 1 gigabit.

Avalon, the new $600 million mixed-use development in Alpharetta, will be the home of 13 concept restaurants, entertainment, upscale retail, and luxury residential living.  Avalon’s owners, NAP, have placed FTTP connectivity as a top priority for all of its developments, with Avalon leading the way as the first fiberhood in the state.

The wireless technology used in Avalon will create a fiber connection with speeds up to 100 times faster than other services in the area. From a consumer’s perspective, FTTP is revolutionary, because it provides access to Internet speeds over 100 times faster than traditional platforms. For business users, the benefits are endless, allowing the capability to upload and download large date files and work securely in the “cloud” at lightning-fast speeds.

The evening presents a unique opportunity to hear from technology thought leaders, connect with local technology executives, and experience Avalon. “GATN’s event at Avalon promises to be a highly informative and entertaining evening for our members and guests,” says Karen Cashion, founder and president of GATN. “North American Properties and Hotwire Communications will be discussing the cutting-edge technology behind the fiberhood at Avalon, and our attendees will be treated to a “Taste of Avalon” at several of Avalon’s new restaurants including Ted’s Montana Grill, Whole Foods and Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli.”

GATN’s event is complimentary for members, and $15 in advance or $20 at the door for non-members. For more details on GATN and to register for this event, visit https://gatnconnect.org/ecategory/events/.

About Greater Alpharetta Network (GATN)

The purpose of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN) is to engage and strengthen the Greater Alpharetta technology community by serving the interests of technology companies and professionals in North Fulton and South Forsyth, including technology companies in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs and the cities of South Forsyth County, through thought leadership, educational, and networking events. GATN is an independent, nonprofit organization that’s endorsed by the Alpharetta Technology Commission. For more information, please visit www.gatnconnect.org.

About Avalon

Avalon is a new experience in the timeless art of living well. In the heart of Alpharetta, this sustainably-designed, 86-acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen theater, boutique and full-service hotels, Class A office, single-family residences and luxury rental homes infuses resort-level hospitality throughout a walkable, seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living, and working. It’s more than just another place to go, it’s a place to be—a hub of local art and activity that delivers the luxury of the modern South. At 2.4 million square feet and more than $600 million, Avalon is one of the largest projects currently underway in the United States. You can find more updates on Avalon at its website, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter profile.

About North American Properties

Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately-held, multi-regional real estate operating company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $4.5 billion of retail, multifamily, mixed use and office properties across the United States. Headquartered in Cincinnati, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Myers, Fla., the company has developed 19 million square feet of retail and 13,000 apartment units in 13 states. Currently, North American Properties has eight projects totaling more than $480 million of development in five states. In metro Atlanta, North American Properties owns Atlantic Station, Avalon and BOHO4W. For more information, please visit http://www.naproperties.com

About Hotwire Communications

The Hotwire ownership has been providing telecommunications services since 1985 and Hotwire has been providing fiber based telecommunications services since 2005. Through its Fision Home, Work, Stay and U brands it provides advanced, customized, fiber optic telecommunications services for residential, commercial, hospitality and campus environments. Hotwire Communications is a privately held debt free company. Hotwire operates in 10 states in the Eastern United States with over 450 employees in 7 regional operating offices. For more information, please visit http://hotwirecommunications.com.

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