Washington, DC – The District of Columbia recently awarded a contract to DC Access to assist with implementation of the DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN), the city’s broadband network.
DC-CAN is a federally funded project under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The network is designed to bring affordable broadband Internet service to more than 250 health, educational, public safety and other community anchor institutions. DC-CAN also creates a high-speed, open-access, middle-mile network for last-mile service providers to deliver affordable broadband to residents and businesses in underserved areas.
DC Access is the District’s only locally owned Internet Service Provider (ISP), providing Wireless Internet (WiFi) to more than 1,000 commercial and residential customers. Headquartered on Capitol Hill, the company is owned and operated by the husband-and- wife team of Matt Wade and Martha Huizenga.
“We’re very involved in the community, and our customers are also our neighbors,” Huizenga said. “As a local business, we really value this opportunity to partner with the city and leverage our experience to make the DC-CAN project as successful as possible.”
As directed by the city, DC Access installs equipment required to establish broadband hotspots on government buildings and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) that are part of the DC-CAN network. This includes many 501c3 nonprofits that offer health or education services in the District.
“Setting up antennas and running cables is an integral part of our business,” Wade said. “It’s great to be able to draw on our technical expertise in order to get the community connected to the DC-CAN network.”
About DC Access, LLC
Founded in 1999, DC Access is Washington, DC’s first and only wireless Internet service provider (WISP). Headquartered on Capitol Hill, the company also offers web hosting and digital living consultation and design services. DC Access has earned a reputation for offering reliable, affordable and personal service to its customers.