Business February 2020 Magazine Technology

Titans of Tech in Arkansas: Alan Morse

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Alan Morse, Ritter Communications

In Arkansas’ northeast corridor, one 114-year-old company rose from humble beginnings to become one of the Mid-South’s biggest local telecommunications providers.

Jonesboro’s Ritter Communications provides internet, television and phone services to 45,000 customers in 92 communities across Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Missouri. It also provides direct connections to 10 regional hubs and 17 national hubs.

Founded in 1906, Ritter Communications under CEO Alan Morse has grown and evolved to meet the ever-changing demands of an increasingly interconnected world. Recognizing the direction of future communications technologies, Ritter invested heavily in affordable, high-speed fiber-optic connections to provide fast internet service for community businesses.

Ritter also leads the industry with cutting-edge cloud computing technology and proactively strengthens its digital security technology to protect clients’ information. Ritter also provides intelligent data management to ensure business continuity in the case of a natural disaster or system failure.

Recent expansion projects include a $7 million broadband-fiber infrastructure project in Hot Springs, construction of a state-of-the-art data technology center at its Jonesboro headquarters, and a multi-million dollar broadband-fiber network expansion in Harrison.

Ritter Communications is a portfolio company of E. Ritter and Co., founded in 1886 in Marked Tree, and Grain Management, a leading investor in the global communications industry. In 2019, the Ritter parent company was recognized nationally by Family Business as one of 30 exceptional business families.

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