On the heels of the sale of its parent company to a global infrastructure management company, Tacoma’s Rainier Connect unveiled its growth plan, expanding the business to neighboring counties.
The company now serves the Tacoma area, operating the city’s Click network. It also serves customers in Puyallup, Eatonville and Graham, providing broadband Internet, Stream TV, telephone and Boost networking services.
In December, Rainier Connect announced the sale of parent company Mashell, Inc. to Palisade Infrastructure for an undisclosed amount.
In a statement Monday, Rainier Connect announced plans to expand its fiber optic network in Washington State to add more customers in Pierce, King, Lewis, Snohomish, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.
Brian Haynes, President and CEO of Rainier Connect, said in a statement that “with an increasing reliance on data and connectivity, reliable super-fast internet has become a priority for every home. Following the announcement of our partnership with Palisade, Rainier Connect plans to expand its fiber network and product offering into communities across Washington State…”
He added that the zones cover both Rainier Connect’s current operational footprint and new territory.
“This planned expansion will bring high-speed Gigabit Internet to many local communities for the first time…” Haynes said.
Although Rainier Connect does not disclose the total number of customers, an online report listed the company with over 40,000 customers when it was acquired by Click.
The city spun off operations of its municipal cable and internet service Click to Rainier Connect under a public-private partnership agreement in 2020.
Haynes, at the time of Palisade Infrastructure’s announcement, told The News Tribune the transaction was being sought so the business could grow.
“They buy our network and our people. And they plan to invest in both,” he said.
This is the second technology expansion announced this week for underserved communities in the region. On Monday, Pierce County announced a partnership with Comcast to expand the availability of high-speed internet services in the Key Peninsula area of the county.
Mike Reynolds, General Manager, Americas, Palisade Infrastructure said the company “supports Rainier Connect’s decision to expand its fiber network. These investments are in line with our previously announced intention to invest in the long-term growth of Rainier Connect for the benefit of customers and communities.
The sale to Palisade Infrastructure remains subject to City of Tacoma approval as well as federal, state and local regulatory approvals, as well as customary closing conditions.