The issues we were having with our traffic routing through Denver have been resolved. Please contact us if you are still having issues: 308-635-9434.
We are experiencing issues with internet traffic we route through Denver. If you are having difficulties with your connection, we anticipate having this resolved within the hour. Thank you for your patience!
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) awarded a portion of the Remote Access Rural Broadband Grant to Vistabeam in August.
Forty million dollars in the CARES Act Federal Funding was committed to this grant program, and applications were due at the end of July. Vistabeam made nine applications and all were awarded. An aggressive work plan was put together to get all of the updates completed over a four-month timeline.
“We have added eight full-time jobs since the grants were applied for and lined up multiple contractors to help us with the construction,” said Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam. “There are supply chain issues that may ultimately slow our progress, but I have been amazed at how much progress our team has made in such a short period of time.”
The counties to benefit from the grant will be Banner, Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Perkins, and Scotts Bluff. The upgrades will deliver up to 100Mbps downloads speeds and will work through trees, where before the company relied on line-of-sight to provide a connection.
Vistabeam had existing infrastructure in these counties and had a three year tplan to upgrade these portions of the network. The terms of the grant require the work to be completed by the end of 2020.
“The deadline has been a huge challenge for us, but we have stepped up to add more capacity. Our goal is to make sure that 25/3 is the minimal package that we will make available, and the speeds will go up from there,” Larsen said.
Upgrades to 20 existing sites and three new tower locations are in progress, with some sites already completed.
Each site will be able to deliver up to 100Mbps download speeds to residents and will have several hours of backup battery capacity. In the event of a power outage, there will be multiple ways to get to the Internet on through other towers and fiber connections on the Vistabeam network.
The Broadband program was one of four grants designed and administered by the Nebraska DED this year to support the state’s economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The broadband grant opportunity was made possible by the federal CARES Act funding, including $1.08 billion of Coronavirus Relief funds allocated to the State of Nebraska and announced by DED last spring. The grants target areas of the state where high-speed internet service is nonexistent or subpar based on the FCC standard of 25/3 Mbps download/upload speeds.
The fiber was restored at 1:30 a.m. this morning.
There is a known outage with our fiber provider in the Walden, Colorado area. They are investigating to see if the line is damaged or if they have damaged equipment. They are attempting to locate a cut near Walden. This will affect customers on the Walden School access point.
Vistabeam will be performing installation of your internet connection differently during social distancing. This video was created to help describe our new process.
WE WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED
You will not be disconnected from service for the next 60 days for non-payment. Though keep in mind, our suspension process is automated and will shut off service if arrangements are not made ahead of time. Contact us before your disconnect date. In the event you don’t call ahead of time and you are disconnected, call to let us know and we will reactivate your service.
HOW TO REACH US
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our customers, communities, and team, we are postponing non-essential installs or service calls for the next couple of weeks. We are also closing our lobbies.
For payments, inquiries, and support please reach out to us via phone or email. We are fully staffed and here to help!
Business and Commercial Inquiries
PRICE CHANGES AND PROGRAMS
If you haven’t already, you will receive a printed letter updating you on price changes we have been working to implement since the beginning of the year. Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns you may have.
In conjunction with those changes, we will be implementing a Lifeline Broadband program that will provide a $9.25/month credit on broadband service for qualifying individuals. We are working to implement this program ASAP and will keep you updated on the qualification process.
IN THE COMMUNITY
We have installed outdoor community wi-fi hotspots at our office locations:
Headquarters: 1225 Sage Street, Gering, NE
Mitchell: 1208 Center Avenue, Mitchell, NE
Torrington: 1839 Main Street, Torrington, WY
Laramie: 1482 Commerce Drive Unit M, Laramie, WY Coming Soon
Yuma: 304 South Main Street, Yuma, CO
And in collaboration with a customer:
Lone Pine Campground: 901 South Elm Street, Lusk, WY
Thank you for being our customer. We’re all in this together.
Matt Larsen, CEO
During this time of social distancing, know that Vistabeam is committed to KEEPING YOU CONNECTED. We are actively making plans to manage the influx in internet traffic that is likely with students and employees working from home.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our customers, communities, and team, we are postponing non-essential installs or service calls for the next couple of weeks.
We know your internet service is more important than ever, and we plan to keep our customer service, network maintenance, upgrades and service running smoothly and without interruption.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. — The Vistabeam Team
As of May 1, 2020, Vistabeam will be implementing new pricing on all internet packages. While we understand that increased pricing can be a difficult adjustment, we have found this change to be necessary for continued delivery of the superior internet experience and extraordinary customer care we promise.
As always, we promise no contracts and no data caps. The new pricing is still very competitive while bringing more value to our customers by allowing us to:
- continue strengthening our network,
- adapt and change with technology,
- empower more communities, and
- reward our team members.
We appreciate your business and are grateful to have you as a customer. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Thank you for choosing Vistabeam,
Matt Larsen, CEOVistabeam
As we look back over the year at Vistabeam, we are extremely proud of the growth and accomplishments our team has been able to achieve in delivering extraordinary internet experiences to unserved and underserved customers!
Speed & Capacity
Following our CAF2 subsidies award in 2018, plans were made to install new broadband facilities in Colorado and Wyoming over the course of 2019. In January we began deploying new fixed wireless systems that deliver higher speeds, provide more customer capacity, and have the ability to pass through trees. Over the course of the year, we installed 132 new distribution points, upgraded hundreds of miles of microwave backhaul connections, and added more fiber backhaul capacity so we could deliver faster speeds to more people across our entire service area.
In addition to delivering high speed internet, superior reliability is a cornerstone of Vistabeam service so installing new backup generators and high-capacity battery backups was a large part of our workload in 2019. Between the “bomb cyclone” in the spring, numerous lightning storms during the summer, and the wet snow in November that snapped hundreds of power poles, our crews faced many challenges over the year. We are very proud of the work done by our infrastructure crews, who braved harsh weather conditions and worked hundreds of hours of overtime to keep the bits flowing.
An Extraordinary Team
It takes an entire team to provide Extraordinary Connections. During 2019, our office staff went above and beyond to deliver an extraordinary customer experience. Our team members have become known for treating customers with genuine respect. They truly do their best to deliver individualized, helpful service to each customer.
We have big plans on the horizon for 2020 and a lot of work to do. We will continue to push as hard as we can to upgrade all our customers to the new systems and bring Vistabeam to more people in unserved and underserved areas. Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous 2020!