e.spire Communications, Inc. is an integrated communications provider offering local and long distance service, Internet access, Web hosting services, and advanced data solutions, such as native ATM and frame relay. In addition, e.spire’s subsidiary, ACSI Network Technologies (NT), provides third parties, including other communications carriers, municipalities, and corporations, with turnkey fiber optic design, construction, and project management expertise. Cybergate, also a subsidiary of e.spire, is an ISP providing Internet access. ValueWeb, a subsidiary of Cybergate, is a provider of Web hosting services.
The Company was founded in 1993, formerly known as American Communication Services, Inc. (ACSI) and originally operated as a competitive access provider (CAP), competing with the incumbent telephone companies by deploying fiber optic cables in cities and selling private line telecommunications services. The passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 provided the framework for the Company to evolve into a CLEC. The Company introduced local, switched-voice services, including local exchange services in 1996. e.spire deployed an integrated communications network consisting of SONET-based, fiber-optic local networks, a coast-to-coast leased broadband data communications network, and local central switching facilities.