Ziply Fiber agrees to acquire iFIBER Communications

Dec. 19, 2022
iFIBER supplies voice and internet services in collaboration with local public utility districts (PUDs) in Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kitsap, Mason, and Pend Oreille counties in Washington.

Ziply Fiber says it has agreed to buy fellow fiber broadband service provider iFIBER Communications for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will expand Ziply’s footprint in its home state of Washington.

iFIBER supplies voice and internet services in collaboration with local public utility districts (PUDs) in Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kitsap, Mason, and Pend Oreille counties in Washington. Once the acquisition closes (a milestone Ziply also didn’t disclose), Ziply will supply services to those counties via an indefinite right of use with each partner PUD. In addition to voice and internet, Ziply says it also will offer hosted voice and whole home WiFi.

“From our start, Ziply Fiber has been dedicated to elevating the connected lives of our neighbors in the Northwest,” said Harold Zeitz, CEO of Ziply Fiber. “We continue to look for new ways to bring high-speed fiber connectivity to as many communities as possible. Today’s agreement with iFIBER not only expedites our ability to bring fiber internet to more customers, but also supports our belief in building effective public-private partnerships.”

“For more than 15 years, iFIBER has been dedicated to providing residents and businesses across Washington with access to powerful, reliable, high-speed fiber internet service,” added Eric Hale, chairman, iFIBER Communications. “We continue to be impressed with Ziply Fiber’s devotion to Northwest families and believe that commitment will serve our nearly 18,000 iFIBER customers well.”

Ziply was created in 2020 when WaveDivision Capital purchased the Northwest U.S. operations of Frontier Communications for $1.35 billion (see “Ziply Fiber new name for former Frontier Communications northwest operations”). The company has embarked on new fiber construction projects in more than 90 communities across the four northwest states in which it operates, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

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