Kirkland, Wash. (Feb 1, 2021) – Ziply™ Fiber today announced that it has completed a critical phase of the fiber-optic network build-out in Libby, Montana, that will for the first time deliver gig-speed fiber internet and an all-new, state-of-the-art network to area residents and businesses, beginning Mon, Feb 1. More than 40 percent of the approximately 4,200 residential and business addresses within our service area will be ready for fiber service immediately and the remainder is scheduled for completion early this year. Those who wish to check their address for fiber availability, or who would like to sign-up to be alerted when fiber internet is accessible at their home or business, can register at https://ziplyfiber.com/Libby.
Ziply Fiber is supporting local communities like Libby to help improve internet connectivity to be on par with larger metropolitan areas throughout the nation. Residents and businesses will benefit from the significant upgrade that no data cap, gig-speed fiber internet provides when uploading and downloading content. The capacity fiber affords customers is critical in today’s online world to eliminate the hassles of slow and interrupted service such as streaming lag or dropped web conferences and the frustrations of incurring unnecessary data cap fees charged by other providers because of a poorly architected network.
“Ziply Fiber is proud to be in Libby helping to serve a vital need for this region. City leaders have been wonderful partners during the build-out process and have acted quickly so together we can bring a reliable and lightning-fast fiber internet network to the area for the first time. Libby will now have access to the kind of critical connectivity that people need no matter where they live,” said Harold Zeitz, CEO of Ziply Fiber.
Libby will be Ziply Fiber’s first new fiber build project ready for service in Montana. The highly anticipated service will bring a much-needed modernization to internet capabilities throughout the area.
“Fiber infrastructure will significantly improve internet speeds, reliability, and the overall online experience of current and future residents and businesses of Libby. We have been in need of this upgrade and are pleased to see Ziply Fiber here making that happen in such a short time,” said Brent Teske, Mayor of Libby. “The availability of fiber-optic internet services in our city is a game-changer. It allows for greater economic development to take place because we can now meet the needs of families, businesses, and online working professionals from outside of our area that are interested in joining our community.”
While work will continue over the next several weeks in a staggered rollout across the city, Ziply Fiber already has deployed many miles of new fiber-optic cables throughout the region and will continue to build out more territory. The company believes that everyone – not just those who live in big cities – should have access to fast and reliable internet without data caps. Ziply Fiber has been actively building fiber to underserved internet markets across the Northwest since June 2020. While it will take time to upgrade 250,000 square miles of land throughout Ziply Fiber’s four-state footprint with new fiber-optic cables, local hubs, new offices, and immense amounts of new hardware to run the new network, the company is capitalized for and committed to hundreds of more projects in its service area.
As the company continues its rollout of fiber-based services across the region over the next several months and years, its DSL customers also will begin seeing service improvements. Part of Ziply Fiber’s investment is going to work that’s well underway to improve its core and aggregation network, across which all internet traffic travels. While there’s still more work to be done, by improving the quality, capacity, and reliability of those critical network components, customers of all types of services will benefit.
The next several months will be busy ones for the company, as additional fiber build projects will hit key stages where gig-speed fiber internet service can be turned on in fiber build locations throughout the Northwest region.
Ziply Fiber’s primary service offerings are Fiber Internet and phone for residential customers, Business Fiber Internet and Ziply Voice services for small businesses; and a variety of internet, networking, and voice solutions for enterprise customers. The company will continue to support DSL customers. A full listing of products and services can be found at get.ziplyfiber.com.
Ziply Fiber is local in the Northwest, headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, and has major offices in Everett, Washington; Beaverton, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho. Most of Ziply Fiber’s executive team, which consists of former executives from AT&T, CenturyLink and Wave Broadband, either grew up in the Northwest or have spent the better part of 30 years living here. That local ownership and market familiarity is an important part of the company mindset and culture.
Dan Miller, Curator PR for Ziply Fiber Boone Helm, Curator PR for Ziply Fiber
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