Jan. 19, 2022
Residents in the northern part of Pratt will soon have access to fiber internet and gigabit speeds, thanks to IdeaTek.
IdeaTek, an internet service provider based in Buhler, is expanding its fiber network to the northern part of the Pratt County community, which will mean faster, more reliable service for homes, businesses, educational facilities and enterprises.
“This investment is another exciting step in expanding our mission of delivering Internet Freedom™ to Kansas communities,” said Daniel Friesen, IdeaTek’s Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer.
“We are extremely excited for the opportunities this much-needed fiber investment will bring to Pratt,” he said. “We strongly believe all Kansans should have the freedom to choose reliable, unlimited internet, and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the city’s future growth.”
Homes and businesses will be ready for internet installations by late March. IdeaTek staff and Pratt officials will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce office to commemorate the expansion. Members of the IdeaTek sales team will be on hand to answer questions and sign up residents for service.
“The City of Pratt is very excited for IdeaTek to bring a fiber internet network to our community, said Pratt City Manager Bruce Pinkall. “Teaming up with IdeaTek will potentially provide unlimited opportunities for growth, expansion and development for our business community, our residents and our educational institutions. Working together, we will make a difference for the future of Pratt.”
The expansion into the city of Pratt is one of several community builds IdeaTek has planned for 2022. Investment in fiber is a scalable solution for Kansas’ future growth.
“IdeaTek’s ultimate goal is to connect every home in Kansas with high-speed, affordable fiber-optic internet,” Friesen said. “Our mission is to build to the standards of the future, not today. We need to provide equal opportunity to all Kansans.”
IdeaTek was founded by Friesen and four high school friends in 1999. Today, the company employs over 120 Kansans and is continuing to grow. The team is dedicated to the mission of connecting underserved communities with affordable high-speed internet.
To date, IdeaTek has deployed more than 3,600 miles of fiber — plus built more than 100 fixed wireless towers — serving customers in over 50 Kansas communities.
For more information about IdeaTek or to sign up for service, visit ideatek.com.
About IdeaTek Telcom
IdeaTek Telcom, LLC, is a Buhler, Kansas-based broadband service provider with the mission of “fighting for internet freedom™ .” IdeaTek uses a unique and innovative approach to deploy scalable, long-term fiber optic infrastructures, bridging the broadband gap in rural communities. The company has already successfully built over 3,600 miles of fiber throughout Kansas. IdeaTek has long been at the forefront on broadband equity issues and is committed to enriching the communities in which they operate. They were recently named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing companies for the eighth time.