Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – is now an authorized reseller of the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools for rural and tribal Internet Service Providers (ISP), the RTP-based company announced on Tuesday.

NeoNova will integrate Google Apps – a cloud-based suite of email, calendar, IM, and collaboration tools – into their provisioning platform and comprehensive suite of managed services to new and existing ISPs in the rural and tribal telecom markets. In addition, the company also will offer Postini, Google’s spam and virus protection service.

Between 14 and 24 million Americans live in areas considered unserved or underserved when comes to broadband connectivity. By bringing in Google Apps to broadband providers through NeoNova, affiliates will improve the ways rural residents use broadband services and communicate.

Google is working with companies like NeoNova who are focused on improving the lives of rural communities by offering new services to rural telcos. Rural and tribal communities have historically been an overlooked segment. But, through federal broadband initiatives and stimulus funding, high-speed broadband can now level the playing field for these communities despite zip codes.

“We are proud that we can now offer rural and tribal Telcos the same benefits as over 25 million users currently using Google Apps,” said John Carlson, CEO of NeoNova. “Over 100 of NeoNova’s customers and future new ISPs can offload the infrastructure costs and the effort it takes to maintain an on-premises solution, and focus those savings on more strategic IT initiatives.”

Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations of any size – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce IT costs.

With Gmail (including Google email security, powered by Postini), Google Calendar and integrated IM, users can stay connected and work together with ease. And, using Google Docs and Google Sites, which include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and website creation tools, they can share files and collaborate in real-time, keeping versions organized and available wherever and whenever users work.

Google Apps is hosted on Google’s multi-tenant, Internet-scale infrastructure, which offers fast access, reliability and security.

Paul Slakey, Google’s director of enterprise channels and partnerships, said the combination of NeoNova’s suite of products and services and Google Apps now makes it easy and secure for rural ISPs and tribal communities to offer their subscribers the latest versions of powerful applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and other collaborative tools without having to worry about hosting, updating, or maintaining any of the services.

“NeoNova offers ISPs increased access control, customized branding, and local support for the applications they offer to subscribers,” added Slakey.

NeoNova is backed by Azure Capital Partners and Bridgescale Partners.

Get the latest news alerts: at Twitter.