Former Rack Master Turned Frack Master Chris Faulkner Faces New Lawsuit

Tue, 19th July 2016, 15:20

Numerous media rags citing inflammatory terminology like "a lifestyle of decadence, debauchery, and the whore card", are reporting that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corp. and its CEO, "Frack Master" Chris Faulkner. In a 63-page complaint filed in federal court in Dallas, the SEC alleges millions of dollars of investors money was fraudulently spent on lavish meals, expensive cars, strippers and escorts.

Of course one could legitimately ask why this tripe constitutes news on a web hosting review site. It wouldn’t except Faulkner faced a spate of lawsuits in the early 2000s in connection with his previous web hosting business C I Host. The Texas company which was founded in 1997 grew rapidly but by 2004 was mired in dozens of lawsuits including one by Microsoft. Eventually CI Host shut down.

Screenshot of website from dufunct web hosting company C I Host

In the Deadwood edition of the HostJury Deadpool, C I Host was lauded as a top contender for it’s numerous accolades. Where does one even start with C I Host...

A few years back, C I Host had their collocation facility situated in a less than ideal part of Chicago. After a period of extended downtime they finally came clean and admitted the servers were taken in a robbery... again! At the time, management argued that people were erroneously claiming that this was the fourth robbery at their facility. A spokesperson for the company used media sources to clarify that C I Host had only been robbed twice. The other two occasions had been break and enters. Splitting hairs some may say, and many clients did so with their feet. They sought solace with other web hosts.

In 2009, C I Host announced it had sold its shared web hosting business to X7 Hosting, a web hosting provider operated by Hostopia. According to the press release, the sale allowed CI Host and its sidekick Cassiopeia Internet to “focus on their managed, dedicated and colocation hosting for their mid and large market enterprise customers while ensuring improved services for the accounts to be acquired by X7 Hosting.”
Then in 2010 Cassiopeia Internet announced it was launching the Constellate brand to connect dedicated server, colocation and managed services customers in the Dallas region and beyond.

In 2013, C I Host, Cassiopeia Internet, and Constellate no longer resolved leaving many to breathe a collective sigh of relief. It’s unlikely the frack master will be returning to his roots and reinventing himself as the rack master. But then again, who know. Among other things, Chris Faulkner seems to be a survivor with a knack for marketing genius!

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