As part of its ongoing expansion in small towns and rural markets across the central United States, Nextlink Internet has announced that it has acquired three ISPs serving Nebraska and Iowa. The businesses are Future Technologies of Lincoln, Nebraska; Affordable Internet Solutions (AIS) of Waverly, Nebraska; and Infinity 8 Broadband (I8) of Hickman, Nebraska. Collectively, the three companies’ service territories cover 40 counties spanning 15,000 square miles in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.
In other news, Nextlink says it has signed a new long-term deal with American Tower, which will allow it to collocate on over 1,000 of the tower firm’s cell sites, in order to facilitate the rapid deployment of fixed broadband services to residents and small businesses across eleven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Nextlink will begin utilising American Tower’s rural sites with immediate effect.
TeleGeography notes that Nextlink, which launched in 2012, currently provides internet and voice services throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, serving 70,000 customers. The company acquired more than 1,000 licences in 2020’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of 3.5GHz spectrum and went on to enlist Finnish vendor Nokia to deploy a fixed-wireless LTE solution covering eleven states.