Welcoming Entrepreneurs: Henderson, Tennessee Offers Easy Living Paired with Leading Internet Speeds in the Country

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Improved Internet access in Henderson, Tennessee helps business move faster, attracts entrepreneurs and growth in the area.

“Our continued use of technology in Henderson and Chester County will put us on the fast track in all aspects of business growth and make life more convenient for our residents and visitors.” - Henderson Mayor Bobby King

Henderson, a town of about 6,300 people, this year became the first area in rural West Tennessee to receive Gigabit Internet through expanded service provided by Aeneas Internet and Telephone.

With faster Internet service than some of America’s largest cities, Henderson is an attractive destination for entrepreneurs who want to build a business. Whether startups or long established companies, businesses that have taken advantage of the faster speeds can now conduct daily tasks faster and with fewer interruptions. “We are thankful to be able to offer this unique connection to prospective businesses, which will greatly enhance the economic development that is vital to our town,” Henderson Mayor Bobby King said.

Jones Lumber and Jones Contractors owner and operator Patricia Jones received the Internet upgrade in late summer. The change, she said, has helped employees stay connected with out-of-state office sites. “Since we have multiple offices, having faster Internet helps our server move quickly, as our employees file their paperwork out in the field,” Jones added.

“We’re able to download information faster,” said Dr. Larry Bloomingburg, a Henderson optometrist. “We used to have Internet down time a couple of times a month. If we ever have any issues or questions, now we contact Aeneas directly and not a call center.”

Aeneas Internet and Telephone’s Gigabit Fiber Network is capable of extremely high Internet speeds, reaching more than 1,000 Megabits (1 Gigabit) per second. Aeneas, a West Tennessee company, began offering services to Chester Countians in 1996 with the first dial-up Internet services in the county. Aeneas became a fully diversified telephone company in 2000, offering broadband Internet and voice over the Internet.

With an active Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Henderson maintains the feel of a small town but is growing and improving thanks to a downtown revitalization project and new businesses in the heart of town. The area is home to a thriving arts community, barbecue pits and the great outdoors with three area parks: Downtown Park (a free Wi-Fi hotspot), Gene Record Memorial Park (a future Wi-Fi hotspot) and nearby Chickasaw State Park. From preschool through graduate school, educational institutions, including Freed-Hardeman University, can be found along the city’s Main Street. In local public schools, students learn computer coding as part of a national pilot program for advanced manufacturing.

This year Chester County was also selected by the state as the first county to test iPads during its Nov. 17 special election. The Chester County Election Commission's use of iPads expedites the sign-in process for registered voters and maintains their information in a database. The mobile devices will replace traditional poll books.

“Our continued use of technology in Henderson and Chester County will put us on the fast track in all aspects of business growth and make life more convenient for our residents and visitors,” King commented.

To learn more about Aeneas Internet and Telephone, individuals can visit http://aeneas.com. More information about the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Henderson, Tennessee, is online at http://chestercountychamber.com and http://hendersontn.org

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