October 23, 2019 - Great Falls, MT — Vision Net, a Montana-based telecommunications solution provider, announced today that it has been chosen to manage First Interstate Bank’s multi-state, multi-location closed network. The selection was the result of a highly-competitive RFP process that considered solutions from numerous network providers, including many nationally recognized brands. The resulting selection pairs two Montana companies with a goal of providing a seamless and reliable telecommunications experience to employees and customers across approximately 160 locations in six states.
First Interstate launched the search earlier this year to ensure it receives the best possible business value from its service providers. At the time of the RFP announcement, the bank had a complex network connection system, with nearly 30 carriers providing a range of services. The RFP sought consolidation into a more manageable system with just two carriers—the first to manage the primary network and the second to oversee the company’s system-wide back-up network.
Ultimately, the bank found the best solution for all its needs with just one provider, Vision Net. First Interstate Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kade Peterson, said he and his team were highly impressed with Vision Net’s suite of solutions, deep industry knowledge and flexibility to seek out unique and creative solutions.
“As we reviewed the many proposals in front of us, Vision Net immediately stood out for their capability, vast suite of network solutions, and the diversity and flexibility within those systems,” he said. “As both a primary provider and a re-seller, they are uniquely qualified to meet our many needs across our footprint. We’re excited to partner with Vision Net for both our primary and backup network capabilities.”
Vision Net CEO Corey Jensen said the partnership with First Interstate is significant. The company launched a new business development group in October 2018 with the sole purpose of expanding its presence in the enterprise space. “Landing a customer the size of First Interstate Bank less than one year into our initiative is incredibly rewarding,” he said. “First Interstate Bank is a Montana-based company and a trusted banking leader in the northwest region of the United States. They are a client any networking company would love to have. Being selected to provide their entire wide-area network in the six-state region is an honor.”
Jensen attributes the company’s success in this process to Vision Net’s employees and shareholders. “We have assembled a deep talent pool in the networking field that is second to none in our region. That, coupled with the support we get from our shareholders to build an organization and network that can compete on service and price with any provider in the country, is why we’re successful.”
About Vision Net Vision Net is a Montana telecommunication solutions company with offices in Great Falls, Billings, Missoula and Helena. The company’s suite of products and services includes: broadband network transport; a range of Internet services; design and management of customized wide area network (WAN) solutions including SD-WAN, a full line of end point and network security products, and Unified Communications/Hosted VoIP; support services consisting of 24/7/365 NOC; technical support call center for end users; network device monitoring; device management via TR-069; IoT management; access tandem switching; engineering design; and technical consulting.
About First Interstate Bank
First Interstate is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana, delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. With over 150 branches, First Interstate enhances the communities it serves through an innovative corporate philanthropy program, which includes donating a portion of Company profits, matching employees’ personal financial contributions, and donating $10 per hour for volunteer efforts made at qualifying organizations. To learn more, please visit www.firstinterstate.com.
Vision Net is a Montana telecommunication solutions company with offices in Great Falls, Billings, Missoula and Helena. The company’s suite of products and services includes broadband network transport; a range of Internet services; customized wide area network (WAN) management; a 24/7 call center, and network and equipment monitoring services; access tandem switching; engineering design; and technical consulting.