Rural Wyoming

Regional service provider Visionary Broadband has acquired Aristata Communications, a service provider in Colorado.

Aristata operates in Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Huerfano and Lake counties in Colorado.

The value of the acquisition and other details were not disclosed.

The companies are not strangers to each other. Aristata uses Visionary’s network from Salida to Buena Vista to reach the Internet. Last year, the companies partnered on a grant application in Colorado that will enable the combined company to bring service to about 1,300 homes in and around Buena Vista and Nathrop.

The Aristata brand will be retailed “into the foreseeable future” and its employees will retain their positions, according to a press release.

Visionary Broadband was founded in 1994 in rural Wyoming.

“Over the coming months, we will be focused on upgrading Aristata’s infrastructure in order to meet standards we have set for ourselves at Visionary Broadband,” CEO Brian Worthen said in a press release.

The company announced a significant expansion in late November, 2022. The company said it would spend $100 million to provide fiber-based Internet connectivity in 20 communities in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. At the time, Visionary Broadband said that it would expand fiber to 11 additional communities in the subsequent three years.

Visionary also has been winning funding in state rural broadband programs. For example, in December, Wyoming recommended the company for an $18.3 million award.

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