Unite Private Networks (UPN) provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers.
The company began in 1998, providing fiber to schools, and local and state governments. Since then, UPN has grown exponentially and currently serves over 300 communities across 21 states, with 10,000 metro fiber route miles and 7,000 end customer sites.
Unite Private Networks is headquartered in Kansas City and offers one of the largest 100% owned and operated fiber-optic networks in the Kansas City metro area, including private fiber connections into 13 of the local data centers in the area.
Service offerings include private lit and dark fiber network solutions from 10M to 100GB, private line, optical Ethernet, Internet access, voice services, Cloud Connect, and other customized solutions.
UPN Senior Account Director, Paul Tancona, has worked in the IT and telecom industry for more than 20 years. Tancona said he enjoys working for a company that is dedicated to customer satisfaction.
“UPN is employee-owned and operated, so every employee has skin in the game. We strive to make each customer a customer for life,” Tancona said.
One of the benefits of UPN’s service is that customers are a big part of the planning process.
“We’re very transparent with our customers,” said Matthew Simmons, Vice President of Sales at UPN. “We’re actually consulting with the customer, developing a network strategy and technology roadmap with them. UPN works with each customer to figure out how they want us to bring the actual fiber routes to their business.”
Tancona said during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of his customers had to make drastic changes to their networks to quickly respond to their increased remote workforce. Tancona said that UPN was nimble and flexible enough to meet these heightened bandwidth demands, and was able to turn up circuits and increase bandwidth in a matter of weeks.
UPN recently joined the LSEDC as a Benefactor Level Investor. Tancona said he is looking forward to being part of the Lee’s Summit business community and offering another choice for dedicated fiber to customers in Lee’s Summit.
LSEDC President & CEO Rick McDowell said UPN will be a valuable partner for business attraction.
“Unite Private Networks will give us a unique fiber option to offer businesses looking for a reliable fiber network,” said McDowell. “We are pleased to have UPN added to our quality fiber options in Lee’s Summit.”