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
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