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Fiber expansion continues in Wyo

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Union Wireless announced on Feb. 26 the company will expand the footprint of its fiber optic network an additional 125-miles from I-80 to Pinedale in 2018. 

The route will go through the communities of Granger, Opal, La Barge, Big Piney and Daniel, initially serving Union’s towers and anchor tenants.  The enlarged fiber optic system will complement the company’s extensive 550 miles of recently installed fiber that already provides service to cities and towns along the major traffic corridors throughout the state.  

Fiber has become critical to ensuring a dependable and seamless broadband wireless network in the cities and along the interstate, as well as the underserved rural areas of the American West.   

Fiber and high-speed data services are critical to providing the services needed to fuel an expanding economy. Without fiber, many businesses won’t even consider relocating to Wyoming.  

“Union Wireless is committed to investing millions of dollars in the rural areas of Wyoming and the West to provide communities with the resources needed to join the modern economy,” noted Brian Woody, Union Wireless Chief Customer Relations Officer.  “This is an investment that the big wireless carriers to date simply have not made.”

The extension of the fiber will cost more than $5 million and represents almost one-quarter of Union’s annual capital investment in Wyoming, yet it is only one of the many fiber optic route expansions Union has planned for 2018. This new segment is expected to be completed and in service by the end of 2018. 

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