Monday, September 23, 2013

BroadNet connect Expands Broadband Access

Below is a press release from UnityPoint Health regarding BroadNet connect. 

September 23, 2013
Contact: Dan Eness, Corporate Communications, UnityPoint Health;

Cities, Municipals and Businesses Benefit from BroadNet connect
UnityPoint Health subsidiary, federal funding, and local leadership team up to bring competitive technology to rural markets.

WEST DES MOINES, IA — Under a joint program specifically designed to deliver business-scale broadband technologies to rural communities, several communities in Iowa are now a part of BroadNet connect’s new high-bandwidth fiber optic network. When all projects are complete, the selected cities and municipal services across Iowa will have access to broadband technology and other IT services that can ride over the high speed network.

The program began with a grant that was part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure, enhance and expand data centers, encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service, and develop and maintain a nationwide public map of broadband service capability and availability. BroadNet connect (BNc), a communications and IT services subsidiary of UnityPoint Health, then partnered with community leaders to build an operating network that closes any “digital divide” between rural and urban communities.

“Originally, the goal was to bring on just a few customers,” said Rodney Brown, executive director of BroadNet connect. “However we were able to exceed that goal exponentially due to our ability to not only provide broadband access, but to provide other solutions like cloud services that can flow over our network. We’ve really taken the critical seed money and grown a larger network than we had hoped for in our most ambitious targets. We're connecting communities to an extremely robust backbone. The services these communities can now have access to, and the businesses they can attract, are unlimited.”

“What this ultimately means,” said James A. Erb, Mayor of Charles City, “is that our community can attract and support business operations with high bandwidth demands. Everything you can do in a skyscraper you can now do on our main street – big data, heavy communications, telemedicine, and so on. If your business has a communications demand, we can meet it.”

“City services will benefit tremendously,” said Rod Bradley, Denison Chief of Police, “and not merely emergency services. Yes, police and fire will have a much faster and reliable communications infrastructure, but everyone from our city clerk to the utility offices will be able to perform more efficiently and give greater value to the community.”

Don Schwenker, Mayor of Maquoketa said, “Because so much of it is underground and out of sight, it doesn’t look like a skyscraper or an airport, but the economic impact of this project could be just as significant, or even more so. Our ability to seize opportunities has just expanded. Our future lies on a bedrock of high-quality communications. Now we have that.”

BroadNet connect was established in 2010 as a fiber optic communications and IT services provider for business and city services. It is the sister company of HealthNet connect – a health care – specific provider of medical communications and IT services. Both are subsidiaries of UnityPoint Health.


About UnityPoint Health
UnityPoint Health is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Our physician-led team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a clinic, a hospital or at home. Through relationships with more than 280 physician clinics, 30 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and home care services throughout its 8 regions, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Iowa and Illinois.

UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 24,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Each year, through more than 4 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home provides a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With annual revenues of $2.7 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.

UnityPoint Health provides community benefit programs and services to improve the health of people in its communities.

About HealthNet connect and BroadNet connect
HealthNet connect (HNc) through HNcServices and BroadNet connect (BNc) offer tremendous opportunities to develop business, improve efficiency and lower costs by providing communication and IT services over our secure fiber optic network and utilizing technology to facilitate the interoperability and information-sharing among entities including, health care providers, businesses, schools and local government.

Our Strategic benefit is our fiber optic network. This robust and highly secure electronic network runs through the state of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Colorado with the ability to extend throughout the mid-west and beyond.

Our mission is to integrate new business concepts and related technologies seamlessly within organizations.  As business partners and technology advisors we provide the best services, support and infrastructure enabling healthcare, business, schools and government entities to make a difference in the lives of the communities they serve.

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