Late last month, United Fiber & Data founders Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor were honored with the 2013 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett presented the “Arts Innovation Award” to Gracey, Taylor and Dalheimer, three of the founding members of the rock band +LIVE+.

Chad Taylor accepting Governor's Awards for the Arts; photo courtesy of Jeff Lautenberger of the York Daily Record

Chad Taylor accepting Governor’s Awards for the Arts; photo courtesy of Jeff Lautenberger of the York Daily Record

“To be an artistic innovator, one must push the conventional boundaries of not only the art medium, but also the perceptions of society at large,” explained Chad Taylor, in his acceptance speech. Taylor is +LIVE+’s lead guitarist and Chairman and CEO of United Fiber & Data. “To many, the link between rock music and telecommunications may be muddled, but to us, it’s crystal clear. We are building one of the industry’s most advanced networks because it will deliver economic development in the communities that supported us as young musicians and because it will provide an on-ramp to the Information Superhighway that has not previously been available in each community where the network will pass.”

Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor were recognized with the award by Governor and Mrs. Corbett not only for their innovation in music over the years, but also for the innovative projects they are bringing to the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to founding UFD in 2009, the three entrepreneurs have also been investing in other emerging companies since 2001.

UFD is currently constructing its redundant, highly available, low-latency fiber route between New York City and Ashburn, VA. Once completed, the alternative path will connect some of the world’s top destinations for Internet peering and high-bandwidth networking.

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