About the business:
Nitel is considered a first-mover in the rural broadband services market. The firm not only managed to survive a shakeout of weaker competitors during the Great Recession but it also experienced an impressive 79% compound five-year growth rate.
CEO Rick Stern's commitment to the Chicago community comes in the form of annual donations to a local orphanage.
Stern plans to acquire or build his own network sometime in the future.
--By Marc Francis and Mack Davidson
The companies on this year's Inner City 100 have managed to build fast-growing businesses in economically depressed cities. Here's how they are doing it. More
|Google fights Marriott's plan to block Wi-Fi hotspots|
|For moviegoers, 'patriotic duty' to see 'The Interview'|
|'The Interview' available online starting today|
|Dennis Rodman on 'The Interview': Watch my movie instead|
|It's true. Everyone eats Chinese food on Christmas|