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Press Release -- August 8th, 2013
Source: Integra Telecom

Integra Expands Product Portfolio and Network Infrastructure in Montana Markets

Connects Growing Billings, Bozeman Markets to Vast Inter-city Network with Full Portfolio
of Fiber-based Enterprise Services
BILLINGS, Mont. – Aug. 7, 2013 –Integra™, a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has completed a broad-scale expansion of its IP and carrier Ethernet network infrastructure in the state of Montana. This expansion greatly enhances the services available and increases bandwidth in the Billings and Bozeman metro areas. By connecting its backbone national IP network to its metro network in the state, Integra can now deliver its complete portfolio of enterprise-grade offerings, featuringCarrier Ethernet ServicesIP/MPLS VPN and Managed and Cloud Services, including Integra’s Hosted Voice Service and Cloud Firewall Service, to businesses throughout Billings and Bozeman. In addition, Integra’s Montana customers can also take advantage of high bandwidth Internet connectivity nationwide.

This expansion is part of an ongoing strategic initiative by Integra to expand services due to increased demand for its carrier Ethernet services and other enterprise solutions from industries such as health care, government and education as well as professional services. To meet that demand, Integra has extended its Ethernet services in Montana, with Ethernet-over-copper-based services supporting network bandwidths of up to 100 Mbps and fiber-based services offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. In Billings, Integra’s expansion puts nearly 100 business locations on or near Integra’s fiber-based network.

“Integra has deep roots in Montana, with more than 15 years serving businesses in its economically diverse, hard-working communities,” noted Joseph Harding, chief marketing officer of Integra. “Driven by several fast-growing industries, Billings and Bozeman are rich with businesses that need reliable, high-bandwidth network solutions backed by a level of personalized service they have come to expect from Integra. These are exciting times in the state of Montana and we’re proud to put our people and capital to work to help support this growth.”

Among the Billings-area customers taking advantage of Integra’s portfolio of products is the Northern Hotel. Restored by brothers Chris and Mike Nelson to its historic elegance while providing the most modern of four-star amenities, the Northern Hotel relies on Integra voice and data services for dependable and cost-efficient network communications.

“When it came to incorporating their first-class services across our operations, Integra was truly a pleasure to do business with,” said Mike Nelson, the Northern Hotel’s general manager. “When we bought the Northern Hotel, our commitment was to restore this one-of-a-kind landmark to its historic place as the finest hotel in Montana, and we couldn’t have done that without the business agility and level of service that partners like Integra bring to us every day.”

On August 15, Integra and its customers, community partners and other invited guests will celebrate the company’s network expansion with a reception event at the Northern Hotel. Integra executives and guest speakers, including area customers and city representatives are expected to commemorate the occasion. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4:00 p.m.

“We’re honored to see technology companies like Integra recognize the outstanding prospects for business that Billings has to offer,” said the Honorable Mayor Thomas Hanel. “Integra’s investment in building out its network presence, as well as the company’s longstanding commitment to this region, is good news for Billings and for the businesses that they serve.”

About Integra
Integra™ is one of the largest facilities-based providers of communication and networking services in the western United States. We connect businesses of all sizes with advanced networking, communications and technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets. Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000 mile long-haul fiber-optic network, 3,000 miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network. Our fiber network connects directly to more than 2,300 enterprise buildings and data centers. Through our expansive Ethernet-over-copper footprint, we can deliver high-bandwidth services to more than 400,000 businesses. At Integra, we understand our customers need reliable, secure and flexible solutions delivered with unmatched expertise and quality of service. For more information, visit

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