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12.23.21 – Hutchinson News -BUHLER

In an effort to help close Kansas’ digital divide, IdeaTek is expanding its high-speed wireless solutions to more rural areas.

In November and December, IdeaTek constructed new towers in the communities of Nickerson, Hesston, Moundridge, Cheney, Kingman, Varner, Dodge City, Liberal, Mullinville and Haviland. Also, equipment on a grain elevator on West Fourth Avenue will help the company cover a portion of Hutchinson.

 These projects bring faster, more reliable service to rural homes, businesses, educational facilities, and enterprises. The expansion furthers the company’s mission of providing internet freedom for Kansas communities, said Daniel Friesen, IdeaTek’s Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer.

 “We are extremely excited for the opportunities these much-needed broadband investments will bring area residents,” he said. “We believe all Kansans should have the freedom to choose reliable, unlimited internet, and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the future growth in all of our new communities.”

 IdeaTek’s wireless product, AirLight, delivers speeds of up to 150 Mbps. It was developed as a temporary solution for remote areas. However, IdeaTek’s ultimate goal is to connect every home in Kansas with high-speed, affordable fiber-optic internet. Investment in fiber is a scalable solution for Kansas’ future growth, Friesen said.

“Our mission is to build to the standards of the future, not today,” he said.

 To date, IdeaTek has deployed more than 3,600 miles of fiber — plus built more than 100 fixed wireless towers — serving customers in over 50 Kansas communities.

 For more information about IdeaTek and its services, visit ideatek.com.