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Press Release -- April 11th, 2012
Source: Fatbeam

Fatbeam Announces Dark Fiber Contract with the Yakima School District

Post Falls, ID – April 11th, 2012:Fatbeam, a Competitive Access Provider delivering data transport services to customers in the Pacific Northwest, recently signed a long term agreement with the Yakima School District to build a high capacity fiber optic network and deliver dark and lit fiber services to school district facilities. The contract runs for eight years and exceeds $2M in total value. The school district plans to implement 20 gigabit connections between their locations on Fatbeam’s network, twenty times their previous bandwidth capacity, which will enable them to implement technology services that were not available prior to the new deployment. The school’s use of the FCC E-Rate program, which finances essential connectivity upgrades for schools and libraries, also made for an efficient and cost effective solution in the current environment of tight educational budgets. Although a custom solution, switching to Fatbeam also represented over 30% savings in monthly recurringcosts compared to the previous provider.

Fatbeam enjoyed extensive cooperation with right-of-way partners Pacificorp, BNSF, and the Cities of Yakima and Union Gap to meet the district’s aggressive timeline for construction of over 20 fiber route miles. The network is under construction as of the date of this press release.

Fatbeam’s network has additional capacity that can be leveraged by local and national customers. As part of a greater strategy for Fatbeam and Yakima business development, the company will build fiber between their Yakima metro market and other strategic interconnectivity locations in the area, such as meeting the national and international long haul fiber backbone in Moxee, WA. “Having an asset such as this in Yakima, especially the availability of dark fiber, is very beneficial to potential telecom partners and enterprise customers”, stated Greg Green, President for Fatbeam.

About Fatbeam

Fatbeam is a Competitive Access Provider delivering data transport services to business and enterprise, healthcare, education and government customers in the Pacific Northwest. While competitive telecom and broadband fiber capacity are mainstream throughout larger cities in the United States, Fatbeam focuses on underserved markets. Fatbeam deliversfiber optic bandwidth beginning at 1 gigabit Ethernet, extending to 100 gigabit and jumping to dark fiber.

Headquartered in Post Falls, Idaho, Fatbeam was co-founded by Shawn Swanby, owner of Ednetics Inc. (, and Greg Green (

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