Douglas Fast Net: Powered By LS Networks
Many of us who live in Southern Oregon are familiar with the Douglas Fast Net (DFN) success story. Founded in 2001, DFN serves tens of thousands of business and residential customers. Major customers include Douglas County Fire District #2, the State of Oregon, Mercy Medical Center, Umpqua Community College, nine city governments, thirteen school districts, and countless medical facilities.
What most people don’t know is that DFN distributes the bandwidth provided by LS Networks, the same company that now serves Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland. According to Todd Way, General Manager of DFN, “By consolidating from a multi-vendor approach to LS Networks we got more than just performance, we saved money, as well.” By being able to purchase redundancy from a single vendor, DFN doesn’t have to pay a second internet provider for full redundancy.
Particularly in rural areas, true redundancy via multiple providers is often an illusion. Network providers function in a complex world in which competitors also sell transport to each other. Most service agreements do not allow the end client to know the specifics of
a route, so there is no way to verify or guarantee redundancy. As business situations change, those routes can change without notice.
LS Networks is designed differently than large providers, and they do business differently. LS Networks operates with transparency that competitors often avoid or are simply unable to offer. Unlike the national providers, LS Networks gives their customers detailed documentation of their fiber routes and equipment configurations and topology.
“You can truly verify separate network and equipment connections for redundancy, and then get contractual guarantees for that configuration. That’s something you can’t do with traditional vendor diversity,” said Leif Hansen, VP of Engineering at LS Networks.