BTC Broadband, an independent telco focused on Oklahoma, has expanded its fiber network in the Tulsa metro area to accelerate its fiber-based business services plans.
When it starts offering business services over this fiber in first quarter of 2017, BTC's expansion will provide area businesses an alternative to AT&T, Cox Business, and Windstream. BTC may also face new competition from CenturyLink when it completes its acquisition of Level 3.
BTC hopes that this fiber network expansion effort will enable communities in the Green County area of Oklahoma to attract businesses and compete with other larger cities.
Over the past 10 years, BTC Broadband has been investing and expanding its underground fiber network, a process that has enabled it to not only expand its reach but also enhance network diversity for business customers.
Today, BTC’s fiber backbone spans about 90 miles reaching from Bartlesville to Henryetta and includes communities such as Bartlesville, Collinsville, Owasso, Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sapulpa, Glenpool, Okmulgee and Henryetta. Besides offering provide fiber services services to the Tulsa business market, the network has been built to enable launching points in each business district all along the route.
“With recent telecom consolidation and the resulting reduction of competition in the Tulsa market, businesses have been reaching out to us to provide an alternative, with fiber optic capability and more competitive pricing,” said Scott Floyd, president of BTC Broadband, in a release.
Similar to other regional telcos like TDS, BTC has also been actively rolling out 1 Gbps residential service to customers in parts of its Bixby, Oklahoma, serving area.