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Ozark Fiber has acquired the internet and voice business for residential and small-to-medium-sized businesses from Missouri Telecom in Monett, MO and surrounding areas for an undisclosed price.

Ozark Fiber started building its high-speed fiber-optic network in Monett three months ago, with plans to offer service in the first quarter of this year. Full transition of Missouri Telecom customers to Ozark Fiber’s network and voice platforms is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter.

Ozark Fiber will initially launch with speeds up to 2 Gbps, with plans to eventually increase speeds to 10 Gbps. The fiber service offers symmetrical internet speeds, which is designed to eliminate network congestion and enabling future high-bandwidth technologies and services. Services will include managed Wi-Fi.

In a press release, Ozark Fiber said it “prides itself on being an integral part of each community it serves” and noted that it is investing in “local brick-and-mortar stores staffed with friendly team members from the local community.”

“We are pleased to welcome Missouri Telecom’s customers to the Ozark Fiber family,” company president Jason Ross said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to be able to offer enhanced speeds and reliability, and to expand on the relationships that Missouri Telecom has built, as we transition customers over to our new, state-of-the-art fiber network and platforms.”

This is the second transaction involving Missouri Telecom in the last month. In mid-December, regional data center and network operator Bluebird Network announced it planned o to acquire the middle mile fiber network assets of Missouri Telecom.

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