Hudson Oaks, Texas – Nextlink Internet today announces today that it has acquired Echo Wireless, marking its expansion into Indiana.
Echo Wireless has been providing Internet connections to rural communities in Knox, Davies, and Lawrence Counties since 2007. Echo employees will continue their employment with Nextlink, in Vincennes, and they now will help support other Nextlink customers across twelve states.
Nextlink Internet CEO, Bill Baker, said, “We thank Tim Trotter and Clark Anderson for their fine work to serve rural communities with great broadband over the years. It takes a special kind of person to devote their life to starting and growing internet service in hard-to-serve areas. We wish Clark a happy retirement and look forward to working with Tim to grow great internet with great customer service in Indiana.
“I’m so proud of what we have built. We have made so many changes and improvements since we launched in 2007. The landscape has changed so much and so quickly,” said Trotter. “Becoming part of Nextlink opens so many opportunities to expand and provide faster and more reliable internet for our customers, friends, and neighbors. In addition, the resources that Nextlink provides will allow us to exceed our grant obligations in northeast Knox County.”
“We feel honored for Echo Wireless to have been selected to become part of the expanding Nextlink network and recognize that Nextlink will take our company further than we ever dreamed. We are especially thankful to Bill Baker and his team for their insights, vision, and ambition to bring faster and more stable internet service, and even fiber broadband to Knox and surrounding counties,” said former Echo Wireless owner Clark Anderson.
Claude Aiken, Chief Strategy Officer at Nextlink Internet, said “This marks Nextlink’s 8th state where it has active operations. We will immediately begin upgrades to the legacy Echo network infrastructure that we’re acquiring today. These upgrades will bring download speeds to at least 100 Mbps across Knox County and in many areas, we will be offering up to 500 Mbps download speed plans. Over the coming years, many rural Knox County residents can expect to receive gigabit speed internet from Nextlink as we continue to build out and upgrade our infrastructure.”
Nextlink Internet is a rural-focused provider of high-speed internet and phone services, investing over $1 billion in unserved and underserved communities with its fiber and wireless infrastructure. As an active participant in public-private partnerships to close the digital divide, Nextlink is working to rapidly connect thousands of additional homes, businesses, and anchor institutions in rural areas and small communities across 12 states. For more information about Nextlink Internet, please visit https://nextlinkinternet.com/ .
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