Vistabeam is a pioneering wireless service provider with coverage that spans 40,000 sq miles across three states and 97 towns. We installed our first customer in May of 2004. Before that, Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, set up one of the first dialup Internet providers in Wyobraska in 1997 and introduced wireless Internet access in 2000 through his company Scottsbluff Networx. Vistabeam’s roots in the Midwest run long and deep. Providing great Internet service to the residents and businesses of the Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming area has always been our primary mission.
Begins delivering wireless Internet service as Skybeam from towers in Gering, Minatare and Torrington. Top speed plan was 1Meg down/512Kb up.
Changed trade name to Vistabeam. Built a 120 mile microwave path from Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Laramie, Wyoming to consolidate Internet backbone traffic.
Worked with Garden County Nebraska to build capacity to Bayard, Bridgeport, Lisco and Oshkosh. Worked with Niobrara County Wyoming to build capacity to Harrison, Vantassell, Lusk and Manville. Began offering service in Glendo, Wyoming.
Moved to current location at 1225 Sage Street in Gering, Nebraska and merged with High Plains Networx, expanding service area to Laramie, Wyoming
Acquired DG Wireless, serving Dalton and Gurley. Started offering service to Lodgepole and Chappell.
Expanded service to Hartville, Hawk Springs, Yoder, Medicine Bow, Rock River and Hanna in Wyoming. Awarded grant from the Nebraska Internet Enhancement Fund to deliver service in Perkins, Kimball and Banner Counties in Nebraska.
Vistabeam named 2010 WISPA Operator of the Year. Acquired Sundance Wireless, adding the towns of Casper, Evansville, Glenrock and Douglas in Wyoming.
Vistabeam acquires the wireless operation of Sterling Computer Center, adding the towns of Sterling, Iliff, Fleming and Atwood in Colorado.
Expanded to Alliance, Nebraska.
Deployed the first “Cowboy Tower” portable towers in Wyoming.
Turned on fiber backbone in Colorado to the towns of Sterling, Akron, Yuma, Wray, Burlington, Flagler and Cheyenne Wells. Established colocation in Denver and interconnection with multiple networks. Awarded a grant from the Nebraska Broadband Pilot Program to upgrade facilities in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Acquired DiscoverIT customers in Scottsbluff and Gering.
Acquired the wireless operation of Premier Systems, adding the towns of Akron, Otis, Yuma, Wray, Idalia and Eckley in Colorado. Opened a remote office in Yuma, Colorado. Turned up fiber backbone along I- 25 in Wyoming and Colorado with connections in Denver, Chugwater, Douglas and Casper.
Turned up fiber network between Gering, Mitchell and Morrill, Nebraska. Opened remote office in Torrington, Wyoming. Announced the Freedom Spectrum plan, 50Mb for $50/month. Acquired the wireless operations of Chase 3000, adding the towns of Ogallala, Grant, Venango, Madrid, Elsie, Imperial and Wauneta, Nebraska and Holyoke, Colorado.
Completed major backbone and access point upgrades for Scotts Bluff County in Nebraska and Goshen County in Wyoming. Named 2018 Provider of the Year at the Mountain Connect Broadband Conference. Announced as a winner in the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction and as a result will offer broadband service to 1692 currently unserved locations in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Introduced new VistabeamHD high capacity connections for commercial customers.
Continued major backbone and access point upgrades in Albany, Platte, Natrona and Goshen Counties in Wyoming; Jackson, Logan, Washington and Yuma Counties in Colorado; and Banner, Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Morrill and Scotts Bluff Counties in Nebraska. Deployed new Citizens Broadband Radio Service distribution points with Non Line Of Sight capability to serve more customers. Introduced new Freedom Spectrum plans for customers in upgraded areas.