More than 39,000 residences and businesses to gain access to fiber
Kirkland, Wash. (April 11, 2022) – Ziply™ Fiber today announced plans to upgrade its existing copper networks to ultra-high-speed, 100 percent fiber-optic networks in 17 markets across Washington and Oregon later this year. This means the company has completed, currently is building, or has announced new fiber construction projects in more than 80 towns across the Northwest since it began its aggressive fiber expansion efforts in the summer of 2020.
When complete, these 17 projects will enable more than 39,000 locations to connect to Ziply Fiber’s sought after “Gig-speed” internet service. The company’s industry leading 5-gig and 2-gig residential internet service – the fastest connections available anywhere in the Northwest – also will be available in all 17 markets.
Last month, the company announced fiber-optic upgrades for Wenatchee, Washington; as well as Osburn and St. Maries, Idaho. In addition, the company also launched multi-gig service in Brookings, Gold Beach, Lakeside, Port Orford, Reedsport and Silverton, Oregon, as well as Arlington and Stanwood, Washington. Ziply Fiber has already invested more than $30 million in upgrading its intermarket fiber backbone. That work has enabled the company to bring high-capacity, 100G and 400G connections to and through much of the region, connecting into several downtown cores, making the eventual fiber-to-the-premises projects easier and faster when they begin.
The 17 new fiber upgrade projects will support homes, apartments, and businesses in 10 cities in Washington, and seven in Oregon. They are:
“For many people in these communities, high-quality, reliable, fast internet has been something their friends or family who live in other areas might talk about, but had been out of reach until now,” said Harold Zeitz, CEO of Ziply Fiber. “We’re going to show them the transformative impact fiber can bring to a community, both to its businesses and its residents, and we’re excited to get started.”
Following final network design and permitting later this year, residents will see trucks and crews begin to run fiber aerially between telephone poles and underground in some areas. The network construction will take several months to complete and will include the installation of network equipment in existing Central Offices that will house the infrastructure needed to run and manage the network in each area.
Ziply Fiber is committed to thorough clean-up and repair of grounds following fiber construction. If residents notice something has been missed the company wants to know about it and asks that details be shared at https://ziplyfiber.com/constructioncleanup.
Ziply Fiber’s announcement comes at a time when more and more families and businesses need high-capacity internet to support the online needs of daily life in today’s world. Ziply Fiber's ultra-fast service requires no annual contracts and no data caps for residential users.
Ziply Fiber also participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), an FCC benefit program that allows qualified people to receive reduced cost monthly internet service. To determine your eligibility and sign up for ACP, please visit https://acpbenefit.org.
These fiber upgrades are part of Ziply Fiber’s commitment to invest more than $500 million to build an advanced, 100-percent fiber network to both suburban and rural communities across the Northwest that have been underserved when it comes to internet access. The company has been actively building and upgrading fiber across the Northwest. Ziply Fiber has plans to build and deploy new fiber-optic cables, local hubs, new offices, and new hardware to run the network as part of hundreds of additional projects across its 250,000-square-mile footprint.
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 Ziply DSL Internet customers and its TV customers in Washington and Oregon. A full listing of products and services can be found at 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 Jessica Christopher Curator PR for Ziply Fiber
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