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New Edge Networks Speeds Into Corn Belt

Broadband service wholesaler New Edge Networks Tuesday expanded its digital subscriber line footprint to Nebraska and Iowa.

Its high-speed Internet services are being offered to residential and business users through independent Internet service providers that resell New Edge Networks DSL access.

Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE are the first cities welcoming New Edge Networks high-speed relief from their broadband service drought.

Brian McDonald, New Edge Networks vice president of marketing, said the firm is staying true to its mission to extend broadband services to underserved communities throughout the U.S.

"From Vancouver, Washington, to Omaha and Des Moines, New Edge Networks has come a long way in bridging the digital divide," McDonald said. "Staying focused on our wholesale business model allows us to aggressively expand our footprint and become the first or early market entrant for offering competitive broadband services in underserved smaller cities and towns."

McDonald added that broadband demand in rural America is far outstripping capacity regardless the delivery system.

"We're seeing that demand for broadband in smaller cities and towns is as strong, if not stronger than demand in the major cities where other providers are focused," McDonald said.

The company's network will eventually reach more than 70 percent Omaha as New Edge Networks intends to expand its service area to cover more than 22 Nebraska locations in 15 communities, including Columbus, Fremont and Kearney.

In Iowa, New Edge Networks plans to extend DSL services to businesses and residents in Altoona, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Indianola, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Muscatine, Sioux City, and Waterloo before the summer is through.

Based in Vancouver, WA, New Edge Networks was founded in June 1999 to provide wholesale DSL service nationally in small, midsize and semi-rural markets through local, regional and national Internet service providers.

The company is currently certified to provide high-speed services in 45 states and plans to extend its operations to all 50 states by early next year.