DartPoints turns up Iowa edge colocation data center interconnection point

June 24, 2020
Eastern Iowa regional networks now gain access to a neutral ecosystem of local carrier, content and application providers.

DartPoints, an owner and operator of edge colocation data centers, today announced that its eastern Iowa carrier-neutral interconnection point is Ready for Service (RFS). Conceived and designed in collaboration with local networks, associations and municipal entities, the new facility serves as a network ecosystem aggregation and meet-me point between carriers, content and applications to improve data delivery, "illustrating the capabilities possible for emerging and adjacent markets across America," maintains DartPoints.

“It is exciting to bring our new edge interconnection point and growing ecosystem to market in eastern Iowa,” commented Loren Long, chief development officer and co-founder of DartPoints. “With our deployment now ready for service, we are excited to bring networks and content together in a neutral and managed environment. This will demonstrably improve the quality and performance of digital content and applications, bridging the digital divide for millions of Iowan residents.”

Aureon, a technology and network services company in Iowa, is one of the many companies set to gain advantages from DartPoints’ new carrier-neutral interconnection ecosystem.

“It is great to welcome DartPoints to Iowa, further helping us meet our commitment to customers and the greater Iowan community to improve access to quality content,” said Scott Behn, CEO of Aureon. “In April, we pledged to Keep Americans Connected and to help businesses move forward. DartPoints’ edge interconnection facility helps Aureon ensure that we offer the best possible access to local content and applications to improve data performance. With Aureon’s statewide network, these benefits will be available for all of our customers. This could not have come at a better time.”

Another driving partner for DartPoints’ entry and facility development in Iowa is South Slope Cooperative Communications, a preeminent provider of ultra-fast broadband Internet, phone and television service to homes and businesses. South Slope has a 62-year legacy of innovation and currently serves 15 communities throughout eastern Iowa.

“As a co-op, we are dedicated to continually improving service for our members throughout the region, including enterprise, residential and rural customers,” stated Chuck Deisbeck, CEO of South Slope. “DartPoints’ neutral ecosystem is an important development for our communities, offering them an opportunity to achieve the same access, performance and network capabilities that adjacent markets receive today.”

By catalyzing carrier-neutral interconnection colocation data center points, DartPoints says it reimagines the way data traffic is managed, processed and fulfilled. The company says its Iowa interconnection ecosystem "helps rural and underserved markets solve real-time challenges associated with data traffic, laying a firm foundation that expands the ability to deliver real-time data and supports the rapidly evolving demands for content and applications at the edge."

“It’s great to see three of our member companies, Aureon, DartPoints and South Slope Cooperative Communications, working together to create an interconnection solution that will help all of our members and the State of Iowa as a whole,” concluded Dave Duncan, CEO of the Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA), an organization that represents more than 120 community-based telecommunications providers who offer broadband, telephone and digital television service to rural Iowans.

For more information about DartPoints, visit www.dartpoints.com.

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