SEATTLE, WA – April 28, 2010 — 360networks (now Zayo Group) a facilities-based full service wholesaler of VoIP, Transport, IP, and Local Access services, today announced it is providing fiber connectivity to facilitate the provision of wireless services for Frontier TeleNet, expanding broadband options and opportunities for anchor institutions and citizens in eight rural Oregon counties. Using point-to-point networks of towers with licensed microwave and wireless broadband links, school districts, healthcare facilities, law enforcement and emergency services personnel now have access to true broadband services and applications.
Frontier TeleNet is a partnership between Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties and the North Central Education Service District. The original Frontier TeleNet wide area network included nearly 4000 square miles (avg. population density 1.25 persons per square mile), bringing otherwise unavailable broadband access to many remote rural communities. With 360networks’ help, Frontier Telnet has expanded its wide area network (WAN), creating middle-mile connectivity across a 20,660 square mile area in rural and frontier rural Oregon.
Thanks to the Frontier TeleNet WAN, a high school student in Condon can participate in a Physics class taught in Portland; rural medical clinics can better serve their patients; and public safety officials can use the power of broadband to better protect citizens.
“360networks provided us with the affordable bandwidth we needed to sustain the provision of effective and efficient services for our network users,” said Rob Myers, Frontier TeleNet general manager.
“We are happy to be associated with such a worthwhile endeavor and welcome other opportunities to advance connectivity in underserved markets,” Said Chris Mueller, 360networks chief financial officer.
360networks (now Zayo Group) is a full service wholesaler of VoIP, Transport, IP, and Local Access services, on its wholly owned fiber optic backbone. Its facilities-based network provides deep coverage, spanning over 17,200 miles to over 75 tier 1 to 4 western U.S. markets (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Financially stable and a CLEC in 36 states, 360networks enables the nation’s voice, data and web-based application and service providers to quickly pursue next generation strategies, migrate from legacy networks, grow into new markets and services, and increase network diversity. www.zayo.com.