Two companies bring fiber internet service to Bellevue

Writer Scott Stewart

Two telecommunications companies are extending broadband Internet service to Bellevue.

Fastwyre has already started laying fiber optic cables near the Rising View housing estate, while Bellevue City Council approved a franchise agreement with Allo at its October 18 meeting.

“High-speed fiber is coming to Bellevue,” Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike said at a Bellevue Chamber of Commerce event on Thursday. “We have signed up with Allo for fibre, internet, cable and telephone, and Fastwyre is also introducing internet at this time. There are going to be choices. I know our people wanted choices.

Fastwyre said in a press release Monday that it is bringing a state-of-the-art fiber optic network capable of delivering up to 1 gigabit per second of high-speed internet to Bellevue as well as eight other Louisiana communities. and Missouri.

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“These projects highlight Fastwyre’s growth trajectory and reinforce our commitment to expanding our fiber optic network and services to create greater access to high-quality internet service,” said Fastwyre CEO Chris Eldredge, in the press release. “We are committed to a future of partnering with communities to provide affordable, accessible, fast and reliable internet in addition to best-in-class service to their residents and businesses.”

The company began installing fiber in city and utility rights-of-way in late September. Door hangers should be placed in residents of neighborhoods where their workers are digging. Anyone with construction-related concerns can call 1-833-389-0040.

Fastwyre said it is trying to grow strategically through expansions and acquisitions.

“We are committed to growing and will expand our coverage areas in addition to entering new markets by adding locations in the near future,” Eldredge said. “We look forward to being associated with the growth and vitality of the communities we serve. »

Fastwyre Broadband is a trading name of American Broadband Holding Company, part of Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. In addition to the mention of the three states, it also offers services in Alaska, Texas and soon in Alabama. More information is available at fastwyre.com.

Allo previously announced that it was expanding its network to Papillion, La Vista and Gretna. In a statement on those communities, the company said it would bring fiber to the premises with speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, describing the service as “world class”.

“Allo is actively building gigabit companies in the communities we serve,” President Brad Moline said in a press release. “Our stated goal was to make Allo regions the most connected in the United States.”

The company provides service in 34 cities in Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona. It is a privately funded company with investments from New York-based SDC Capital Partners and Lincoln-based Nelnet. More information is available at allofiber.com.

As Sarpy County sees expansion from Allo and Fastwyre, Google Fiber caters to Omaha residents.

The Omaha City Council approved a deal Oct. 24 to allow the company to offer its high-speed Internet service to residential and small-business customers, despite concerns raised by Cox Communications.

After a thorough review, the city’s legal department determined that a provision of state law limited the city’s ability to generate revenue through the agreement.

Bernard in den Bosch, Omaha’s assistant city attorney, said state law prohibits the city from generating revenue from Google Fiber’s service.

Cox built the first cable system in Omaha over 40 years ago and operated under a franchise agreement to provide cable television in Omaha. Google’s network is currently being designed and construction is expected to begin in 2023. The service will be available in segments.

Jessica Wade of the Omaha World-Herald contributed reporting.

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