"Yield not to disasters, but press onward the more
Where does the name Aeneas come from?
The subject of Virgilís epic The Aenied, Aeneas was a Trojan hero who escaped from the scene of Troyís destruction with his family. He was summoned to guide the remaining Trojans in search of a new home after the ruin of their native city. During his adventures, he became renowned for his leadership, wisdom, bravery and devotion to his parents. Finally bringing his people to Italy, Aeneas is regarded as the founder of the Roman people.
We chose "Aeneas" as our namesake in 1995 because of our business mission to strengthen communication, and our commitment to customer service. Like our services crossing great distances to bring people together in communication, Virgilís Aeneas is a model of leadership not limited by geographic boundaries. His worthiness of his peopleís trust acts as a model of our dedication to our customers and our responsibility to those we serve.
For more information on Virgil's Aeneas visit Wikipedia.
Or read this article from the Wall Street Journal.
About Aeneas Internet and
Founded in 1995 as Aeneas Internet Services, Aeneas has been
dedicated to the expansion of technological boundaries. Over the years
it has grown from offering basic dial-up Internet services to a wide range
of cutting-edge telecommunications solutions. Aeneas is a regulated telephone utility in the state of Tennessee and offers a myriad of services including nationwide
Internet access, local and long distance service in Tennessee, Voice
over Internet, commercial Web hosting and design, Internet backbone
connectivity for businesses, broadband Internet, off-site file storage
and disaster preparedness options.
Aeneas has a long history of firsts, and a particular sensitivity to the
often-neglected needs of rural communities. It was the first company to
bring Internet to rural Tennessee, and soon after its creation became
West Tennessee's largest Internet provider. Aeneas was also the first to
bring broadband Internet to rural Tennessee. And in 1999, Aeneas
expanded into the telephone industry as Aeneas Internet and Telephone when it became Tennessee's first
and only Tennessee-owned, facilities based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier
("CLEC"). In 2004, Aeneas became the first Tennessee-based VoIP carrier, over the largest municipal FTTH (fiber to
the home) network in the country, once again taking a place on the front lines of the latest telecommunications breakthrough.
Rebirth, Recovery, and Reinvention
In 2003, it seemed as if the steady growth of the company would be brought to a violent halt when
the home office of Aeneas Internet and Telephone was struck by an F-4 tornado with winds over
200 mph. The building was completely destroyed along with a large amount of valuable equipment.
It seems appropriate that Aeneas was named for the hero of Virgil's The Aenied, who survived the
destruction of Troy to become the founder of Rome. Like its mythical namesake, Aeneas Internet
and Telephone was able to survive the disaster and continue to thrive. Through excellent
contingency planning, Aeneas restored the bulk of its services within 72 hours. It was a long, hard
struggle, but the advanced preparations, hard work of the Aeneas staff, and support and help from
the community allowed Aeneas to continue servicing customers without interruption during the
rebuilding process. Aeneas was recognized by the Department of Homeland Security for the
company's quick recovery, and was chosen to take part in a 2004 national ad campaign on disaster
preparedness. A year after the tornado, Aeneas moved into new permanent headquarters in
downtown Jackson, Tennessee.
Philosophy for Business
Aeneas offers a myriad of services for small business and enterprise. Aeneas is committed to do more than provide
customers with a dial-tone or an Internet connection. Aeneas believes the right technology, chosen carefully with the benefit
of experience and used to the greatest advantage, is an asset to any business. That's why the company partners with its
customers to facilitate business growth by working together to find a telecom solution tailored to fit the specific needs of each
business. At Aeneas the customer is always the first priority, and the company is dedicated to the needs of each individual
Looking Toward the Future
Aeneas Internet & Telephone has weathered many storms, has thrived while
facing challenges, and continues to anticipate many exciting technological
advances. The firm has always looked to the future - keeping a finger on the
pulse of the next big technological breakthrough. Now, more than ever, Aeneas
is dedicated to bringing the most advanced technology to Tennessee, its rural
communities, and to Jackson. These technologies can benefit Tennessee by
creating jobs, drawing industry, and retaining young people in the state.
Aeneas will continue pioneering new technologies like Voice Over Internet
(VoIP) and broadband services and look forward to the next challenge.
Antique Aeneas Television Commercial
and the tornado of May 4, 2003
The Aeneas Building
The Aeneas Building Open House Events
Listen to Testimonials from Aeneas Customers
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Aeneas is an active part of Jackson, supporting many projects within the community. Aeneas is a particular supporter of the arts, including the Jackson Symphony and Ballet Arts.
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