Tampa, Florida (AP) — Tampa’s 1,400 telecommunications jobs are being created thanks to the growth of a new provider that is bringing broadband to more areas.
The company, Primus Telecommunications Services, is expanding into rural areas that were traditionally without service.
Primus provides Internet, telecommunication and landline services to a large number of households in Florida and other states.
In addition to the 1,200 jobs Primus is creating, about 600 more jobs are planned for the company.
Primus CEO Steve Anderson said Wednesday the company is doubling down on its efforts to grow its customer base, which includes about 6,000 homes in the Tampa area.
The Primus expansion into the rural areas has made Primus more competitive with competitors such as Sprint and Verizon, Anderson said.
Primuses first contract in Tampa was for about 400 homes.
He said he has heard some local residents are disappointed because they don’t have access to the Internet.
But he said it is good to have competition in the telecommunications industry.
He’s hoping that with a strong market, more customers will choose to sign up for service from Primus.
The Tampa-St. Petersburg International Airport has had a long history of service providers offering Internet, phone and landlines, and Anderson said he is confident that Primus will continue to expand into the community.
The airport has about 500 miles of fiber-optic cable.
Anderson said the company has no plans to stop expanding into the Tampa-Palm Beach area.