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Family Owned and Community Minded

COLI, Inc. (Chain O’ Lakes Internet)

Since 1996, Chain O’ Lakes Internet has been the premier local Internet Service Provider for Northwest Lower Michigan . It is truly a family owned business with, President William Gaylord, Vice President M. Joseph Gaylord, and Treasurer Michael Gaylord. In 1996, there were no local dial-up Internet providers in the Chain O’ Lakes calling exchanges except for a few lines provided by the Central Lake School District. This meant that anyone who wanted Internet access had to dial Traverse City Long-Distance. Noticing this opportunity, Joe started the company in the fall of 1996, and quickly surpassed all his expectations. In the following years, Chain O’ Lakes Internet expanded to cover virtually every area from Cadillac to the Charlevoix/Petoskey, and everything west to Lake Michigan

Early in 2001, Chain O’ Lakes Internet incorporated, with the family still controlling all the stocks, and changed its name to COLI Communications. With the new name, came a new spirit of expansion. COLI Communications expanded from being just a dial up internet company to offering Computer Repair, Network Design and Installation, Website Design and Hosting, and three different forms of High Speed Broadband Internet Access.  Having just deployed the newest broadband technology, High Speed Wireless Internet, COLI Communications is keeping itself at the forefront of the technology boom. Wireless Internet is the next technology in the evolution of Internet access that started with dial-up access, then came ISDN, DSL, Cable, Wireless and finally Fiber Optics. Fiber Optics is what the core of the internet is built with and is now reaching all the way into homes in Northwest Michigan thanks to COLI.

Throughout its existence, COLI Communications has been committed to its customers and its communities. The customers of COLI Communications enjoy some of the best technical support available in the entire state of Michigan. When a customer calls the technical support line at COLI, they enjoy fast friendly support without having to wait on hold or listen to elevator music for hours like many larger providers. This has helped them provide the great technical support that they are known for.

While their growth has been tremendous, the family that started Chain O’ Lakes Internet back in 1996 has remained community minded. With all the efforts this company and its employees put fourth to make sure that they give back to the community, it makes them a one of a kind company. If you or anyone you know is having trouble getting quality tech support, just give COLI Communications a call at (888) 299-0071 and they will work to fix your problem. As company Owner Joe Gaylord always tells his employees, “it is never an inconvenience to make the customer happy”. This company truly gives the best technical support in Northern Michigan .