Major Milestones

  • 2013
    • Mike’s software company outgrew the local internet capacity.
    • Mike decides to build a fiber network.
    • Mike finds out the traditional model only works in big cities.
    • Don’t be like Mike.
  • 2014.
    • Mike designs a new model that works for small towns.
    • Or at least the spreadsheets said so.
  • 2015.
    • Mike raises investment capital and brings 10 Gig internet to Baldwin City.
    • Connects 1st customer, Baker University.
    • Andrea joins Mike. We’re now a crew. Woot! Woot!
  • 2016.
    • Mike figures out Gig internet isn’t as cool when WiFi sucks. Built better WiFi.
    • Connected more neighbors in Baldwin City.
    • Partnered with Corning Optical Communications explored Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in 40 cities in 9 states.
  • 2017.
    • Connected more neighbors in Baldwin.
    • Figured out what P3 models worked and what was a waste of time and money.
    • Learned that no matter how much we wanted to bring fiber to Eudora, if city leadership is not on board, it’s not worth the time and money.
  • 2018.
    • Redesigned the network and relocated Eudora facilities to De Soto.
    • Launched in-house construction crew.
    • Built conduit infrastructure in and lit up De Soto, the fastest city in Kansas with 10 Gig internet! 10x faster than Google Fiber in the big city.
  • 2019.
    • Figured out underground construction is pretty hard when it floods for months; we tried anyway.
    • Started construction of a second route from KC, Mo to Baldwin City to make our network even more reliable.
  • 2020.
    • Wrapping up our expansion project.
    • Covid happened; manufacturers shut down. Supplies are hard to come by. Demand for internet spikes; work from home, remote learning, telehealth, etc.
    • Despite the challenges, RG FIBER doubles down and expands to Lawrence, Wellsville, Edgerton, Gardner, and Spring Hill.
  • 2021.
    • Connects 1st customer in Lawrence, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority – residents in public housing get 1 Gig all-fiber internet.
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