Silver Star Announces “Gigabiz” Communities in Eastern Idaho

By Heather Hansen on December 22, 2014 | 9 Responses

Silver Star Communications has announced that they are now offering their fiber-connected customers in Teton Valley, and in the cities of Ammon and Idaho Falls, speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. With this announcement, Idaho now has its first “Gigabiz” community. “We like to call this our “Gigabiz” initiative because this gigabit service connection is oriented towards business usage,” said Silver Star President & COO Ron McCue. “Eastern Idaho has a vibrant business community, plus great potential for tech-oriented businesses and remote workers, and we are proud to have the network and partnerships to support these enterprises with the golden standard of broadband speed and reliability – and we are uniquely positioned to do so.”

What can you do with 1Gig? The question is more what can’t you do. This kind of broadband capacity essentially future-proofs a business – supporting leading-edge applications with room to grow. Cloud-based services, virtual private networks, smart control applications, hosted phone systems and video conferencing, and full-throttle Internet for HD video streaming, and large-file transfers – these are just the tip of the iceberg.

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In Idaho Falls and Ammon Silver Star is delivering service over fiber owned by Idaho Falls Power and the City of Ammon, respectively. “The City of Ammon has invested considerable time and effort into infrastructure to provide high speed connectivity.  We are pleased that 1Gbps service will now be available in Ammon through Silver Star and we look forward to continuing to expand and improve services for our citizens,” said City of Ammon Mayor, Dana Kirkham.

In the neighboring Teton Valley, Silver Star has invested over $20 million in its fiber optic infrastructure. “The City of Driggs is thrilled to be a community distinguished by this level of broadband service,” said Hyrum Johnson, mayor of Driggs, in the heart of Teton Valley, “We know that this holds economic development promise for the city as well as the entire Teton Valley community and look forward to showing businesses and individuals attracted to our fiber infrastructure everything else we have to offer in terms of quality of life.”

Silver Star’s fiber network is located in Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming. The company has systematically created a business plan and supporting partnerships to be able to offer Gigabit service in Eastern Idaho. With the kind of partnerships that Silver Star has led across Idaho and Wyoming for the last two decades, laying fiber over Teton Pass to connect the Wyoming network to Idaho’s, helping to create Syringa Networks, and connecting southeast Idaho into the Wasatch front of Utah, they have created a modern, robust and “survivable” fiber optic network. “Survivable” refers to the fact that if the fiber ring is damaged at any point traffic is automatically re-routed in the other direction along the ring and so service is not disrupted. Silver Star is a founding member of Syringa Networks in Idaho, which essentially makes up the Gem State’s own survivability ring as well as provides connections to the fiber optic superhighway with routes to Salt Lake City and Seattle.

The Silver Star owned Teton Broadband Project also allowed for the first 100 gigabit per second optical connection trial in the Rocky Mountain West between Silver Star Communications in Thayne, Wyoming and Advanced Communications Technology (ACT) in Sheridan, Wyoming. Silver Star conducted this trial in April of 2013 in conjunction with ACT and Cisco, demonstrating that this level of optical connection is possible over 420 miles of fiber, traversing multiple networks. “The success of the trial showed that we’ve been making the right kind of investments, building a network that can meet the future bandwidth demands of Teton Valley, Jackson Hole, Ammon and Idaho Falls,” said McCue.

9 Comments

  • Michael Adams says:

    When will this service actually be available? There seems to be no actual commitment or deadline posted anywhere. And a list of covered geographical locations in Ammon and Idaho Falls would be useful as well.

    • Heather Hansen says:

      Hi Michael, Thanks for getting in touch! I’ve sent your information to one of our Idaho Falls representatives. They will be able to let you know about Idaho Falls and Ammon availability. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Andrew Harris says:

        Hi Heather, I was also wondering the same information about dates of installations and regions that will have it available for them. Thank you so much!

      • Heather Hansen says:

        Hi Andrew, I have passed your information along to an Idaho Falls representative. They will be in touch!

      • Virgil Alldritt says:

        Hi Heather, I’m in the same boat; but moving to I.F. and also wondering the same information about dates of installations and regions that will have it available for them.

      • Heather Hansen says:

        Hi Virgil, I’ll pass on your information to our representative in Idaho Falls and have them get in touch with you.

  • tom walsh says:

    Heather – Just checking to see where the info is for the Silverstar Communications grant is for the kiosks. Can you direct me to a page for more info?

  • Jo Simpson says:

    Why bring gigabits to areas like this but other towns similar size have the fastest a 7 megabits. This is so unfair