November 16, 2005 Gillette, WY -- Visionary Communications has completed installation of a second fiber connection on its network to support digital subscriber line (DSL) users. The new fiber was installed in Casper, Wyoming, and will service the company's DSL users throughout the state.
The fiber connections allow DSL users to be routed to the provider from any community where DSL is available. Currently, the provider supports DSL in 19 Wyoming towns, with two more communities set to go online by the end of the year.
"The new fiber will support an added 3,000 users," says Jeremy Malli, a network engineer at Visionary. "This is a great problem to have. We need more fiber to sell more DSL."
Malli says the demand for DSL has been great, mostly due to the provider's Standalone DSL service, which requires no phone line. Typically, according to the provider, a DSL connection comes into a home or business on a telephone line, with the signals separated by filters; this allows customers to use their telephone and DSL service at the same time. With the Standalone DSL service, the provider delivers broadband services on a special line that is included in the cost of the DSL package. The customer is not required to have a working telephone line. The company says its Standalone DSL service has proven to be growth product, as home users move from land lines to cellular phones.
Visionary began offering DSL in February of 2000, and installed its first fiber connection in mid-2002. Initially a dial-up internet provider, the company says its broadband experience has expanded Wyoming's telecommunications frontier. The company provides Internet services in more than 90 towns and cities in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.