Bozeman Fiber

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Customer Success Story

Blackfoot connects Bozeman bank with fiber to deliver always-on, dedicated internet connectivity.

The Challenge

Bank of Bozeman, an independently owned community bank serving the Gallatin Valley, 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.

“We are a financial institution and we send a lot of traffic over the internet to our core provider,” said Mitch Johnson, VP/CFO at Bank of Bozeman. "Slow internet slows our productivity."

As a result, the bank came to Blackfoot looking for a secondary connection to back up their current internet provider.

The Solution

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 26 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

The Result

In short, with Blackfoot's local fiber and GPON technology, Bank of Bozeman now utilizes a low latency, redundant circuit with enough capacity to support the bank’s traffic today and well into the future.

Even more, Bank of Bozeman values partnering with a local provider and a dedicated account manager. “We’re a relationship bank, so partnering with quality local providers like Blackfoot is paramount to our business,” said Johnson.

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