September 3, 2019, Helena, Montana — Vision Net, a Montana-based telecommunications solutions company, announced today that Helena Public Schools has selected the company’s new broadband fiber solution to power its online academic and educational services. The new fiber — a 23-mile fiber optic ring surrounding the city — will provide a fast, dependable Internet experience while positioning area students to compete on a level playing field with, according to the Education Super Highway, the more than 44.7 million students nationwide who have access to high-speed Internet.
The district’s decision to partner with Vision Net underscores its ongoing commitment to ensuring that students are prepared for success in college or further study and for employment in a global environment. The move also supports the Board of Trustees’ goal of implementing technology “to enrich student learning and deliver more efficient administrative services.”
The Vision Net design incorporates a multi-ring topography to ensure the highest level of resiliency possible while maintaining an eye on value.
Helena Public Schools Technology Administrator Pat Boles said that high-speed Internet is central to today’s learning environment. “It’s critical that all students, and particularly those in rural states such as ours, have access to the many extended learning opportunities and resources provided on the Internet.”
Boles added that the opportunity to partner with a local Montana business was a bonus. “With Vision Net, we get all the bells and whistles of a larger, global provider, but delivered, managed and operated in our own backyard. This really resonated with us.”
Last year, Vision Net identified both Helena and Billings as underserved metropolitan areas with a need for reliable, high-speed connectivity. Both communities are experiencing increasing demand from consumers and businesses. The Helena Public Schools project is wholly funded by Vision Net and brings 70 miles of new fiber to the two cities. The Helena fiber ring was activated earlier this year. Anticipated completion for Billings is late 2019.
Vision Net CEO Corey Jensen said he’s thrilled that Helena Public Schools will be accessing the new fiber. “We worked with the Helena community to ensure the new fiber was placed in proximity not only to area businesses but also to organizations in need of a more reliable connection,” he said. “Certainly schools were high on our priority list. We’re thrilled that Helena Public Schools will be tapping the new fiber to deliver a more seamless digital experience for its students, teachers and administrators.”
The new fiber represents the latest chapter in Vision Net’s 24-year history of investing in and supporting Montana’s information technology infrastructure. Its video conferencing services have benefited rural schools, healthcare facilities and law enforcement officials statewide for more than a decade, while its 24/7 call center provides immediate customer support for telecommunications and utility providers nationwide.
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; worldwide video conferencing; 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.