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Ritter Spends $28M to Roll Out Fiber to NWA Businesses

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Ritter Communications of Jonesboro said Wednesday it has invested $28 million in expanding its fiber high-speed internet to business customers in Springdale, Lowell, Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville.

The move is part of the company’s $60 million plan to provide 100% fiber internet access to 18 Arkansas communities. The northwest Arkansas expansion began in July. Services will be turned on this month in Springdale; in June in Lowell and Fayetteville; in July in Rogers; and later this year in Bentonville.

“Ritter Communications knows that access to fast, reliable broadband internet is a necessity for successful business operations, and we are ready to meet that demand in the northwest Arkansas business community,” CEO Alan Morse said in a news release. “With signals that travel at the speed of light, our 100% fiber high-speed internet connectivity will give Springdale, Lowell, Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville businesses another competitive edge.

Ritter will offer XGS-PON fiber service, which delivers speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second; voice, custom cloud, networking and television services; and access to its new data technology center. A specialized account management and customer support team will also be stationed locally, assisting users with all services.

In addition, the company is contributing $50,000 for improvements along the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 40-mile long biking and walking trail connecting many of the communities in the region.

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