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Patrick lauds success of Shrewsbury telecommunications company

By Molly McCarthy, Contributing Writer

Gov. Deval Patrick thanks the employees of Phoenix Communications for their commitment to helping Massachusetts stay competitive in the global economy.

Gov. Deval Patrick thanks the employees of Phoenix Communications for their commitment to helping Massachusetts stay competitive in the global economy.

Shrewsbury – Gov. Deval Patrick visited Phoenix Communications Sept. 10. to celebrate the company’s recent growth from 23 to 103 employees. The company moved into its new facility located at 25 Bowditch Drive in June.

Phoenix Communications is an “independent fiber-optic cable services company delivering innovative, end-to-end, turnkey solutions 24/7,” according to its website. The company’s growth has been supported in part, company officials said, by the Patrick’s administration’s initiatives to expand broadband access in unserved and underserved communities.

Patrick and the state legislature created the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and passed the Broadband Act of 2008. The act provided $40 million in state bond funds to start the process of providing high speed internet access to the unconnected in western Massachusetts communities.  In 2010, $45.4 million in federal stimulus funding was awarded to the institute through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

“Today, high speed broadband is as necessary an infrastructure as roads and bridges. It is an educational necessity, an economic necessity, a medical necessity, a public and commercial and a competitive necessity,” said Patrick.

The governor also toured the facility with Mark Langevin, president and CEO of Phoenix Communications. Afterwards he thanked the company’s employees for their commitment to help Massachusetts stay competitive in the 21st century global economy.

Photos/Molly McCarthy

President and CEO of Phoenix Communications Mark Langevin gives Gov. Deval Patrick a tour of the company’s new Shrewsbury location.

President and CEO of Phoenix Communications Mark Langevin gives Gov. Deval Patrick a tour of the company’s new Shrewsbury location.

Gov. Deval Patrick is given a demonstration of the work done at Phoenix Communications.

Gov. Deval Patrick is given a demonstration of the work done at Phoenix Communications.

Gov. Deval Patrick meets employees at Phoenix Communications.

Gov. Deval Patrick meets employees at Phoenix Communications.

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