As promised earlier this year, the northwestern metro fiber builder Fatbeam is taking its case across the border from its home turf in northern Idaho and into western Montana. Today they announced the start of construction on their metro fiber network in the mining town of Butte.
It's an e-rate contract in which they are working with both the Butte School District and the Montana Economic Revitalization and Development Institute (MERDI). When complete, the network will bring 2Gbps connectivity to each of 14 schools in Butte at a cost of about $1.6M.
Fatbeam also recently expanded to the west by acquiring fiber from EMAN in Tacoma, and has been busy throughout central and western Washington for many years now. They're one of a growing number of alternative providers out there that are finding that bringing bigger bandwidth to smaller, under-served markets is a good bet that seems to be getting better all the time.
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