Regional business-to-business fiber network provider Fatbeam is the latest regional fiber network to join the new West region partnership network Reach Partner Network. Fatbeam is the fourth carrier to join the newly formed regional network.

Other members of the Reach Partner Network include Blackfoot Carrier Services, Advanced Communications Technology (ACT), and NebraskaLink. The new regional network got its start with a strategic partnership between Blackfoot and ACT back in 2019.

Based in Coeur d’Alene, ID, Fatbeam operates in seven western states, including Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Washington and Wyoming. Its network spans 45K route miles across 40 different markets. The regional operator has been successful in the past in leveraging an E-rate program strategy to help expand its network. The company was recently acquired by SDS Capital Partners.

Reach Network Partners is a coalition of trusted, regional network operators creating a combined voice and data network to streamline last-mile connectivity for carrier and enterprise customers across the Western United States. The partnership allows each participating carrier to leverage network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) and jointly market an expanded fiber network footprint.

“Courtesy of the regional coalition, the participating partners will leverage a go-to-market strategy that is truly a differentiator. In addition to promoting their own assets, partners will be in the unique position of promoting a network footprint that encompasses several states,” said Todd Twete, Director of Carrier Services at Blackfoot, in a prepared statement. “Carrier and enterprise customers can continue to do business with their preferred network operator at many more locations and sites.”

Reach Partner Network is in its beginning stages and is actively recruiting other network partners, according to its website. The regional network joins a long list of other regional network partnerships that have been formed to build scale and expand geographic reach. Reach Partner Network partners ACT and NebraskaLink are also members of Indatel, which takes the same regional approach, but to a national scale.

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