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Northgate Internet Station opens with business amenities, fiber optic internet connections

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Operations manager Melinda Alexander at the Northgate Internet Station “Café.”

The Northgate Internet Station (NIS), a membership-based shared desk and office space with high speed internet is now open at the North Gate Station just outside Big Canoe.

Located in a secure space above the dental offices with cubicles, private workspaces, a conference room, house computers and a fiber optic internet connection, NIS appears to offer everything needed for business or personal online transactions and private meeting space.

 

The internet service at NIS is “big, fat and rich,” Operations Manager Melinda Alexander told Smoke Signals, with 250 mbps upload and download service, according to the NIS website.

“A game that would take my son overnight to download takes five minutes here,” Alexander said. “It’s such a difference.”

Multiple private work cubicles and closed-door cubby rooms, available for members on a first-come basis surround an open area with plush furniture that provides a space where people can sit and talk. Comfortable cubicles are also available for those who don’t need strict privacy.

The NIS “café” provides complimentary coffee, tea, and spring water, plus café snacks and treats.

House computers are available for use by those who may not have the latest technology. Otherwise, wired and wireless connections are available at all workspaces for those using their own computers.

 NIS offers three membership levels with bundled conference room hours, according to their website. Non-membership use is $25 per hour. The Community Membership plan is $100 per month and includes all day access, seven days per week with no conference room hours. The Tier Membership is $155 per month with five conference room hours. The Executive membership is $210 per month with 10 conference room hours. A week pass is offered at the introductory price of $35 and day passes at $17.50.

The conference room is sound proofed and can be reserved for those with total privacy compliance obligations.

Memberships are under no obligation. They can be rolled over monthly if wanted and can be temporarily stopped if the member may be out of town for a period, according to Alexander.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. with after-hours access upon special arrangement. On-site concierge and device support is available weekday mornings. Weekend support will be provided by Chris Peterson, according to Alexander. Peterson has been providing in-home support for Big Canoe residents.

The facility’s security system requires members’ special pass to gain access. A camera system is in place that allows the manager to see anyone requesting access.

“We have camera systems so that I can see who I am speaking to who is coming in,” Alexander said.

Potential clients include the business person who wants to work from home but can’t, people with projects that might require reliable high-speed internet and those who prefer to do work around other people, Alexander said.

“I am also hoping that we will get students and kids who come to stay for the weekend,” Alexander said.

“The way that I see it is the old fashioned idea of what the library used to be like,” Alexander said. “Where people like to look things up around other people looking things up. It’s that kind of atmosphere that we are hoping for the community to enjoy.”

Alexander will be available until Christmas during office hours for anyone who wants to drop by to check things out.

More information about Northgate Internet Station can be found at www.Northgateinternetstation.com or by calling 706-974-0221.

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