Linkline Communications traces its roots back to 1991 to a company co-founded by Philip Ardron
and Steven Caster with the vision that clone personal computers could be manufactured to meet
the standards of commercial and industrial users. Due to its fanatical dedication to quality
and consistency, AC Data Systems went on to capture business from Hughes Aircraft Company,
Rockwell International, and Boeing Corporation, and was hand-picked by Rockwell International
Engineers to provide the personal computers to power the ground based diagnostic systems of
the B-1 bomber. In addition, several local government agencies and local school districts IT
directors saw the value in purchasing the AC Data Systems computers.
During this time AC Data Systems installed countless networks in schools, hospitals and other
businesses. This led to the formation of Linkline Internet Access, a company dedicated to the
highest quality and standards of performance in Internet access.
Linkline Internet Access went on to become the first X2 provider of high speed modem access
and grew so rapidly as to outstrip the telephone company's ability to supply the necessary lines.
In 1996, David Unfried joined Linkline Internet Access as its Chief Technology Officer and
Director of Telecom Technologies. As a result, in December 1998, Linkline Internet Access was
able to become one of the first Internet Service Providers to offer DSL services through GTE.
(GTE was later purchased by Verizon) Within one year, Linkline Internet Access had become the
largest independent DSL provider in the Western United States.
In 1999, Linkline Internet Access and AC Data Systems joined to form linkLINE Communications,
Inc. This merger greatly benefits linkLINE's customers by offering them the convenience and peace
of mind provided by having a single point of contact for all information technology related
questions and problems.
In 2000, Intel Corporation invited linkLINE Communications, Inc. to become an Intel Premier
Provider. This relationship is offered to only a few Personal Computer manufacturers nationwide.
In 2002, Intel Corporation invited linkLINE Communications, Inc. Sr. Platform Engineer Samuel
Clements to sit on a customer advisory committee for server chipset development.
In 2003, linkLINE Communications, Inc. began offering a state-of-the-art, managed network security,
firewall appliances. These appliances were among the very first to provide protection against
spyware and other new era threats. This revolutionized network firewalls because it allowed computer
professionals to concentrate on designing and implementing high performance networks without having
to worry about network security.
In 2004, linkLINE Communications, Inc. expanded its network to include San Jose as a local
Point-of-Presence. This will allow linkLINE Communications, Inc. to offer a host of services in
Central and Northern California and will provide our customers in these areas with more choices and
better service. Also in 2004 linkLINE Communications, Inc. opened a telco-hardened facility offering
4000 square feet of premium co-location space with DC power, redundant cooling and environmental
control, UPS, and generator backup AC. This facility is uniquely provisioned to provide a virtual
presence on the fourth floor of the 1 Wilshire telecom hotel.
In May 2005, linkLINE Communications, Inc. opened facilities in Miami followed in August by a new facility in Reno. This greatly expands our footprint to cover the Western and Southeastern US. Future plans include facilities in New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Washington DC.
In June 2006, linkLINE Communications, Inc. began offering (VOIP) voice-over-IP services to Enterprise and small business customers, enabling them to experience previously impossible levels of phone service convenience and features at a value price.