United recently completed construction on a fiber ring connecting historically underserved markets in the lower portion of Middle Tennessee to its existing fiber backbone in Nashville, Huntsville, and Murfreesboro. The new fiber route, adds almost 130 miles of fiber, and achieves a critical milestone under United’s Middle Tennessee Connectivity initiative launched late last year. “We are delivering on our promise to offer Internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit to interested businesses and critical community anchors throughout Middle Tennessee,” said United CEO, William Bradford. United’s newly constructed fiber ring connects the major business districts of Chapel Hill, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Estill Springs, Decherd, and Winchester. This ring will allow government agencies, utilities, and businesses in the region to connect locations in these markets to United’s core network through Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Huntsville, providing critical connections from each of these rural communities to several major metropolitan markets.
“I am extremely proud of what our engineering and construction teams have been able to accomplish in just a short time under this initiative,” said Mr. Bradford. “Our team plans to work directly with community and business leaders in these new areas to determine whether additional fiber construction is required based on the needs of each institution. At United, we are laser focused on delivering faster speeds and dedicated service to our customers while driving economic development in the areas we serve by deploying fiber technology and high-speed broadband.”
United Communications plans to continue to aggressively expand its network in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee. Thanks to United’s recent acquisition of Athena Broadband in July, the upgraded fiber ring will also be able to support new fixed wireless expansion in the region. The combination of fiber and fixed wireless technology will allow United to deliver high-speed Internet to more areas at a faster pace. “We’ve got boots on the ground each day working to bridge the broadband divide in Middle Tennessee. Most of our employees live and work in these rural areas, and understand broadband is critical to the future growth and economic development plans of these communities. We are proud to be able to meet the needs of these rural cities and towns that other providers may have long ignored or forgotten,” commented Bradford.
Residential customers who have interest in United Fiber service, can visit https://fiber.united.net and complete the online registration form. Likewise, businesses can request service availability information by visiting www.united.net/services/business.