Balfour Beatty Communities Secures Fiber Network for Vandenberg AFB Families

  • Inyo Networks
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
VANDENBERG AFB, CA — Balfour Beatty Communities, a real estate services company delivering design, financing, construction, as well as property and facilities management services in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors, announced that a new broadband fiber optic network at Vandenberg AFB is fully operational and providing reliable, high speed internet service to its residents at Vandenberg Family Homes. Vandenberg Family Homes are part of an on-base privatized family housing project managed by Balfour Beatty Communities and serving active duty Air Force families at Vandenberg AFB near rural Lompoc, California.

“Helping residents find and maintain a high quality of life in our communities is our top priority, particularly our military families who sacrifice so much for our country,” said Ty McPhillips, Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) regional project director for the company’s Air Force portfolio. “The lack of high speed internet service is an issue throughout Lompoc and the surrounding rural areas, creating a frustrating experience for those living here. Although it was outside our scope of work, when we identified that the lack of high speed internet capability was adversely impacting our Service Members’ quality of life at Vandenberg Family Homes, we set out to see if we could facilitate improvements in this area.”

In late 2016, BBC reached out to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to gain broadband fiber optic understanding in this rural area. The discussion inspired a partnering between BBC and Inyo Networks, a California-based fiber optic network developer and service provider.

BBC worked with both Inyo and Vandenberg AFB Command, to design and build a broadband fiber optic network that provides voice, video and 1-gigabit internet access for subscribing residents. “One of the issues was finding the right provider who could not only develop the right plan, but also guide it through the complex approval process needed to make it a reality. We found that partner with Inyo,” McPhillips noted.


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