What type of connectivity is available?
Key Takeaways: Business Connectivity Options, Success Story: Bank Fiber, Success Story: Live TV Stream
Business Connectivity Options
Ethernet is a custom-configured reliable connection with speeds from 1 Mbps to 100 Gbps or more. Ethernet easily integrates with your existing network infrastructure and bandwidth can be bumped up on demand. Additional features include: synchronous high-speed transport; private line replacement/point-to-point; converged IP services; MPLS Layer 3 services; high-volume remote storage; and simplified network administration.
DIA (Dedicated Internet Access)
DIA, or Dedicated Internet Access, provides reliable internet via dedicated circuits. The bandwidth is dedicated and only available to your business. Benefits of DIA include reducing latency with direct routing and network optimization, and reducing bandwidth requirements with fewer hops.
Broadband is an affordable option for an asymmetrical connection that provides higher download speeds. Broadband is scalable to meet future growth needs. And in most cases, can be quickly deployed! We also offer an optional single public IP address.
Fixed wireless provides carrier-grade services that can meet easily your bandwidth demands. Fixed wireless can provide last-mile connectivity, particularly in rural areas where fiber is cost-prohibitive. We also provide access to local sparing in case of hardware failure. Blackfoot strategically designs every link to support bandwidth growth and to 99.999% reliability or greater, exceeding industry standards.
What type of connectivity is right for your business?
Contact our business team today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about what type of data connection is available for your business.
Client Success Story: Blackfoot connects bank with fiber to deliver dedicated internet connectivity.
Bank of Bozeman, an independently owned community bank serving the Gallatin Valley in Montana, was having issues with the reliability of their business internet. For example, their existing internet service provider’s circuit couldn’t keep up with their network demands. In other words, bandwidth was insufficient and internet speeds were inconsistent. Above all, it was impacting their bottom line. As a result, the bank came to Blackfoot looking for a secondary connection to back up their current internet provider.
“We are a financial institution and we send a lot of traffic over the internet to our core provider. Slow internet slows our productivity.”
– Mitch Johnson, VP/CFO, Bank of Bozeman
Instead of just serving as a backup provider, Blackfoot proposed taking over Bank of Bozeman’s primary data connection. As a local internet provider, Blackfoot has more than 30 miles of fiber in the ground in Bozeman. And the bank is within close proximity to Blackfoot fiber, which would enable a reliable connection.
Blackfoot engineered the bank's dedicated internet access (DIA) solution using Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology. This enables ISPs, like Blackfoot, to make more efficient use of fiber assets. Moreover, GPON provides additional security at the circuit level, compared to a traditional fiber solution.
"Blackfoot’s solution met our needs 100 percent. Our employees are plugged in all the time and the big thing for us was securing a dedicated, consistent speed."
– Mitch Johnson, VP/CFO, Bank of Bozeman
Client Success Story: Blackfoot provides internet connection for live stream on national TV.
While social distancing at her rural Montana ranch, a celebrity judge for a prime time singing competition was in need of a reliable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to live stream from her home on a national television network. As the area’s local ISP, Blackfoot worked with her team to engineer and install a business-level connection for their needs.
Blackfoot turned up expedited Direct Internet Access (DIA) service within eight days of receiving the request. The property is 300 feet from Blackfoot’s existing network infrastructure. To connect her home to our network, Blackfoot ran an Ethernet cable across their property for a direct connection.
After using the internet connection, her team was in need of more bandwidth. However, plowing new cable is time consuming and timing was tight. So, Blackfoot engineered a custom solution to achieve the needed speed with the existing infrastructure by adding repeaters to their connection. In the end, Blackfoot delivered a reliable and dedicated 20M/20M Ethernet connection.
For the team managing the celebrity’s live streams, Blackfoot’s connection stood out. And as a result of delivering reliable connectivity, Blackfoot received additional requests to accommodate live stream connections.
"I wanted to reach out to thank you and your team for helping us keep an eye on this connection for the last few weeks. Of the couple dozen video streams we were managing, this was consistently one of the top two or three in terms of stability."
– Daniel LeBlanc, Management Team
“I wish more business partners and solution providers were as transparent and collaborative with their “access” and expertise as Blackfoot Communications.”
Bryan Dady, IT Infrastructure Director, Glacier Bancorp
"Always within reach by phone or email, with great customer service! When I have to call with any questions or support, I know I will get someone who will assist me with the utmost respect, skill, and professionalism. I highly recommend Blackfoot as a partner for any telecommunications needs.”
Sam Perkins, Center Network Engineer | IT Operations, Community Medical Center
“I was sick of dealing with an internet provider, a WiFi provider, and a separate phone provider to figure out one problem. Blackfoot was adaptable and came up with unique solutions for our business. If something goes wrong, it’s so much simpler to troubleshoot by making one call to one vendor. It’s really nice having a company that is willing to work with us.”
Ashley Grassa, Director of Operations PureWest Christie's International Real Estate
“The team over at Blackfoot has been instrumental in the success of our business. Their customer service and dedication to supporting us has been refreshing. It’s nice to be able to reach out to someone and have them genuinely want to help.”
Mike Rogers, Controller, Sleep City / Cranky Sam's Brewery / Smart Rooms
“Dusty St John and the technical support team at Blackfoot have been a pleasure to work with. Their response time when contacted with either a problem or general question is excellent. Blackfoot, especially Dusty, has also been willing to consult and help with questions about products and processes that are not necessarily part of its product suite in order to help solve problems my organization has needed help with.”
Dale Asanovich, IT Director, Hellgate Elementary School
“Blackfoot Communications provides and manages our phone solution at the Sanders County Courthouse. We had an outdated phone system that we needed to replace. The transition was very coordinated and proved to be smoother than we thought. Now we have a modern phone solution with the best tech support ever!”
Kathy A. Conlin, Sanders County Commissioners’ Office
"Blackfoot is our partner. They care as much about our business as they do their own."
Earl Akers, Director of Information Services, Western Montana Mental Health Center
“Customer service is so important in our line of work. That’s why we needed a provider who could deliver reliable voice and data services. Blackfoot has been a great partner since 2015 and truly shares our vision of customer service excellence.”
Quin Williams, Vice President, Williams Plumbing
"It’s a matter of confidence, trust and rapport."
Dan Lee, IT Support Specialist, JCCS
"While cost savings are significant, having a company that can provide timely and superior support is pretty significant, as well."
Matthew Roberts, Systems Administrator, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson Attorneys