iConnect Montana was founded in 1999 and is wholly owned by three of Montana’s most respected and financially stable telecommunications companies.
- Triangle Communications
- Doing business since 1953
- Nemont Communications
- Doing business since 1946
- Northern Communications
- Doing business since 1952
These companies provide advanced telecommunications services across nearly 30,000 square miles of Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Back in the 1990s, the founding companies identified the need to have an independent, carrier neutral, “central office” type of facility in Billings in which they and other companies could install networking equipment in a protected, hardened environment that facilitates interconnections with each other as well as with multiple fiber optic networks that extend their reach worldwide.
iConnect’s first facility, located in Billings, became operational in December of 1999. Since that time, the company has not only significantly expanded the Billings facility, but additional sites in Helena and Missoula have also been built. These sites have become known as Montana’s “fiber hotels.”
The fiber hotels have enabled many Montana businesses to enjoy the benefits of a carrier-grade central office-type facility without having to bear the upfront costs of building and maintaining the associated infrastructure.
Most recently, iConnect opened its second Billings facility – – a 47,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art, “tier 3” grade data center. The data center is attracting a growing list of both domestic and foreign companies that are relocating their technology infrastructure to Billings from higher-cost sites.