Visionary Installs Metro Ethernet in Gillette

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Visionary Communications has completed installation and rollout of a Metro Ethernet platform in Gillette, delivering high-bandwidth customers with a faster data solution. As a rural ISP located in the nation's least-populous state, Visionary is continuing its push to deliver Metro products to rural markets.

Visionary Communications has installed Metro Ethernet in Gillette, providing Ethernet Internet connectivity over copper telephone lines. Visionary has completed the project to provide high-bandwidth customers a migration path to faster, more reliable data circuits.

Visionary has selected equipment from Adtran to deliver the Metro Ethernet product, often referred to as Ethernet First Mile (EFM). Visionary's Metro Ethernet platform uses bonded synchronous DSLs, allowing for a quicker rollout and turnup when compared to fiber solutions. The Adtran platform allows the company to deliver between 2Mbps and 40Mbps of traffic to the customer as Ethernet, increasing throughput and simplifying the customer's equipment requirements.

"Our goal is to drive Metro services further into the rural markets," said Preston Schilling, who oversees Visionary's Metro Ethernet plant. "We'll let larger companies focus on areas like Casper and Cheyenne -- we'll roll out in towns like Gillette and Sheridan."

Visionary's use of copper telephone lines to deliver Ethernet-based products is an example of the company's ability to marry traditional facilities with cutting edge technology. With most rural buildings serviced by copper, the company avoids expensive fiber builds and time-consuming engineering processes for their Metro Ethernet deployments. The company also touts the low cost of entry into Metro Ethernet, as there are no special router requirements or special interfaces to be ordered.

Today's business relies heavily on T1s and frame relay, which have become noticeably slower in a DSL world. Technologies such as asynchronous DSL and cable Internet have enticed businesses to pursue faster connections. However, these technologies do not provide fast upload speeds, hindering the upgrade to services faster than T1. Metro Ethernet and EFM products fill that void.

Visionary has recently completed installation of metro Ethernet in Sheridan, and has plans to complete builds in Buffalo by year end.

Visionary Communications is Wyoming's pioneering broadband provider, offering DSL in 18 Wyoming communities, and wireless broadband in 11 Wyoming communities. The company provides Internet services in more than 90 towns and cities, and operates its own DSL and fixed-wireless plants throughout the state. The company is headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming.

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