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July 12, 2014View for printing

Lance Trebesch, CEO of , depends on reliable Internet connections for his business, an online company that prints items such as event tickets and raffle tickets and, since its founding in 1997, has expanded into marketing events and electronic direct sales of tickets to event-goers.

"To be successful in attracting businesses, we need high-speed broadband," Trebesch said. And "it's not just the business perspective, but the potential of online education. You need a big pipe for compelling, visually interesting online education. If you do that, you can reduce the cost of college."


"I think any solution Montana comes up with needs to be organized and collaborative between end users and providers. ... We can't improve our Internet without partnerships with providers."

Marc Stergionis,

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Public and private sectors collaborate to grow Montana business - Leadership Announced - - Main Street Montana Project Regional Meetings Start July 15.:

Co-Chairs of the Interconnectivity/telecommunications: Rob Ferris, Great Falls, CEO of Vision Net, which offers advanced telecommunications solutions; and Bill Squires, Missoula, CEO of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.

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Just received an excellent information response from Bill Squires to a question from Lynda Colucci of Montana Ambassadors about Touch America cables throughout Montana.

"When Touch America went through bankruptcy, the vast majority of its fiber assets were sold to 360networks. A portion remained with AT&T, which partnered with Touch America on part of the fiber placement jobs.

Subsequently, 360networks was purchased by Zayo Group. Zayo is currently a closely held company headquartered in Colorado. However, as you may have seen, they filed their S-1 registration with the SEC on July 2 of this year, so they are gearing up for an IPO later this year.

So, all the former Touch America fiber is privately held, and predominantly used for backbone transport. As part of our KIN?s work we will likely be looking at available resources throughout the state, so I?m sure the Zayo network will be part of that conversation.

Again, thank you for the inquiry.

Bill Squires
Chief Executive Officer

Blackfoot Telecommunications"

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