Visionary Installs Metro Ethernet in Town of 4,000

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Visionary Communications has installed Metro Ethernet in rural Buffalo Wyoming, providing Ethernet Internet connectivity to businesses in the town of 4,000 people.

Visionary Communications (http://www.vcn.com) has installed Metro Ethernet in Buffalo Wyoming, providing Ethernet Internet connectivity over copper telephone lines. With a population of 4,000 people, Buffalo benefits from Visionary's aggressive expansion of business data services. The company's Metro Ethernet platform will provide service to their large business customers in the rural Wyoming town.

Visionary uses bonded synchronous Digital Subscriber Lines (DSLs) to deliver the Metro Ethernet connection to their customers over copper phone lines. The company embraces this technology because of the availability of copper connectivity to businesses, and the fact that fiber requires lengthy install periods. Metro Ethernet is capable of delivering up to 40Mbps of synchronous data to Visionary's business customers at a fraction of the cost for DS3 services.

"Folks overlook small towns like Buffalo when installing these types of services," said Preston Schilling, who oversees Visionary's Metro Ethernet plant. "We have large business customers there - we're happy to be the first and only to provide them with this class of service."

The company's first install feeds it's wireless plant in Buffalo, expanding the wireless backbone from 2Mbps to 20Mbps. The first customer on the service is scheduled to be installed next week, and will replace a legacy T1 with the new Metro Ethernet service. T1s for large customers have become noticeably slower in the last couple of years with the sheer volume of data flowing to and from businesses.

Visionary's Buffalo Metro Ethernet Plant services an area of three miles from the center of town, covering almost all of the businesses in the area that would be interested in the service.

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 Wyoming and Montana. The company is headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming.

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