Stellar Buildings

Regional provider STELLAR Broadband has been delivering fiber broadband to multi-dwelling units, primarily in its home state of Michigan, for over 20 years. The company’s latest project will provide gigabit services to Bayview of Traverse City, a new townhouse development in Traverse City, Michigan.

Bill Knapp, vice president of business development for STELLAR Broadband, confirmed in an email response to questions from Telecompetitor that the company is privately funded.

Asked why the company, also known as Spartan Net, chose to focus on MDUs, Knapp said “It is our roots. We started in 2001, delivering fiber gigabit to off-campus housing at Michigan State University. It just grew organically from there, expanding our client base and geography to serve all forms of dense housing developments.

The Traverse City development in the northwest area of the state has 216 rental units consisting of two and three bedroom townhouses with attached garages and one and two bedroom apartments. STELLAR is partnering with DTN Management on the build.

“It has become increasingly evident that technology in all its forms that was once a desired amenity is now an amenity of need,” STELLAR president Richard Laing said in a press release. “We are grateful to partner with DTN to further elevate and differentiate their properties.”

STELLAR serves 139 communities in Michigan with more than 10,000 residents with multi-gigabit services. It provides multi-tenant developments, including network design, structured wiring, consulting, door entry and access control, engineered Wi-Fi, security, voice, television services and IoT-based services.

DTN is a management company that is active in Florida and Michigan. It works in about 115 residential communities.

Last month, STELLAR Broadband partnered with Hunter Pasteur, The Forbes Company and Oxford Capital Group to provide gigabit services to Perennial Corktown, a new Detroit development. The property is a seven-story apartment building complex consisting of 188 units that include studio and one and two bedroom apartments. Corktown, according to the press release, is one of the most in-demand and growing locales in the city.

In early 2018, Spartan Net agreed to deploy gigabit services to Third Coast Development, which had opened a 165 unit rental property. Service was set to start that August and was the first project of a partnership between Third Coast Development and Spartan Net.

Spartan Net said in October of 2018 that it would deploy gigabit services to Belknap Bluffs, a 35-unit residential condominium in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

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