Greenlight Networks has officially entered the west-side market, as the fiber-optic company opens 26 new districts in the Town of Gates.

It’s a move that comes following the acquisition of the company by Tom Golisano via a holding company, Grand Oaks GLN LLC in May. Included in that deal was the injection of $2.5 million in capital to expand Greenlight’s market reach, according to court documents. Greenlight’s expansion could bring internet speeds that the company claims are 50 times faster than average home broadband. The standard Greenlight connection is rated at 100 megabits per second.

“We’re excited to begin the process of expanding our fiber-optic network to Gates,” said Mark Murphy, president of Greenlight Networks. “We have seen a great deal of interest and enthusiasm west of the Genesee river, and we can’t wait to connect the residents of Gates that have been waiting patiently for our service.”

Greenlight is already pretty prominent on the east side, serving residential and small business customers in Brighton, East Rochester, Fairport, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Penfield, Pittsford, Rochester and Webster, with West Henrietta also receiving service. The 100 mbps service starts at $50 per month.

“I am excited to welcome Greenlight Networks and their dedicated high-speed fiber internet service to the Town of Gates,” said Steve Tucciarello, town councilman. “Access to high-speed internet is not only critical to the success of our local businesses, it is vital to our children’s education, and our community’s quality of life. I want to thank Mark Murphy for working collaboratively with myself and the Town of Gates over the past several months to make today’s announcement a reality.”

While the next steps in Greenlight’s expansion have not been announced, the company has stated more connections are slated to arrive over the summer throughout the Rochester area.

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