Greenlight Networks expands, opens new headquarters in Henrietta

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Greenlight Networks, the local fiber internet company is expanding, opening a new 20,000 square foot headquarters along East Henrietta Road in Henrietta.

CEO Mark Murphy founded Greenlight Networks from his kitchen table nine years ago. On Tuesday he cut the ribbon on a $46 million expansion that houses company leadership, administration, customer support and engineering teams along with its recently formed joint venture, Greenlight LeChase Construction.

Greenlight committed to creating 93 new jobs in order to secure $1.4 million through New York State’s Excelsior Tax Credit Program.

Murphy says he has plans to rapidly expand the number of neighborhoods the company serves.

“I’ve got probably about 100 that are scheduled over the next 12 months to go build, so we’ve got pretty ambitious plans to get to at least another 40,000 homes over the next 12 months or so…homes all over Monroe County, everywhere from Irondequoit to Henrietta and from Gates to Greece,” he told News10NBC.

Murphy admits, for years, Greenlight hasn’t been able to meet the demand.

“People have been obviously waiting for longer than we wish they were waiting,” he said.

But a new partnership with LeChase Construction should help speed that up.

Greenlight’s business model has been to charge all households $50 per month for its service but the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more internet options for low-income families.

“We’re actually working with some of the communities right now to find ways to do that more cost-effectively and even if that’s starting with some community centers and some places where more people can get access first and then building out from there I think there’s a lot of different opportunities,” Murphy explained.

As the expansion continues, Murphy says the company has updated its website to do a better job of letting customers know which neighborhoods they’re moving into next.

“What you are going to see when you’re signed up is more frequent information on where your neighborhood stands and how we’re proceeding.  So if, as an example, we submitted an application with a utility company for the polls in your neighborhood, we’re going to tell you that.  We’re going to get far more granular in describing to you where we are in the process,” he said.

Greenlight says it will be announcing expansion plans in Buffalo too soon. For more information about the jobs currently available, click here.

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