SOURCE: American Fiber Systems

December 18, 2008 08:35 ET

Boise Airport Upgrades IT Function to Give Travelers Faster Connections

City of Boise Integrates American Fiber Systems' Backbone to Support Airport's Key Functions

BOISE, ID--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - American Fiber Systems (AFS) and the City of Boise announced today that Boise Airport (BOI) will utilize AFS's optical fiber network backbone to support the airport's consolidated systems network and wireless platform. The new partnership results in added network security for the airport's parking, flight information and baggage systems, and faster connection speeds for Internet users within the airport terminal.

By connecting to the AFS network, Boise Airport increases its previous bandwidth capacity to an Ethernet solution, which means faster, free property-wide wireless access for airport businesses, travelers and visitors. The move also makes AFS the key driver in parking system, parking control, flight information and baggage system functionality. The network project will be complete by April 2009.

"In today's economic situation, smart businesses like the City of Boise and Boise Airport are realizing they can optimize their networks and reduce costs while still upgrading their bandwidth connection speeds and improving their reliability," said Mike D'Angelo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, American Fiber Systems. "AFS will be supporting an increasing number of these types of applications in the greater Boise area in 2009."

This is the first major project shared by the City of Boise and Boise Airport; the AFS integration allows the IT departments of both entities to operate as a consolidated unit, which provides greater operating efficiencies.

"In response to the growing demand for high speed connectivity, the Airport is pleased that this enhancement will continue service improvements essential to both our internal and external customers," noted Richard McConnell, Airport Director for the City of Boise.

Recently ranked #21 in Inc. Magazine's Top 100 telecommunications companies, American Fiber Systems provides metropolitan networking infrastructure, dark fiber and transport services to carriers and large and mid-sized enterprises in 10 markets nationwide. For more information on partnering with AFS, visit

About American Fiber Systems

American Fiber Systems (AFS) provides metropolitan fiber optical networking infrastructure, dark fiber and transport services to carriers and large enterprises. AFS enables its customers to easily and reliably connect to a city's most important points of communications presence; Internet Service Provider (ISP) and data center locations; Inter-exchange "carrier-hotels"; wireless providers and Fortune 1000 companies. AFS has deployed more than 1.2 million miles of high-capacity, high-bandwidth metropolitan fiber optic cable since 2000 in several cities, including Atlanta, Ga.; Boise, Idaho; Cleveland, Ohio; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Reno and Carson City, Nev.; and Salt Lake City, Utah. AFS has more than 500 capacity enabled on-net buildings and supports an addressable market teledensity of more than $9 billion in annualized telecommunications services. AFS is a privately held venture-backed company led by Dave Rusin, who shares insights on telecommunications trends and news on his blog at

About Boise Airport

BOISE AIRPORT (BOI) is the City of Boise Aviation Department. Boise is served by nine airlines, which offer daily service to 18 non-stop cities, including service to several of the busiest airports in the country. In 2007, over 3.3 million passengers traveled through Boise Airport. Press Releases are available via Boise Airport's web site:

Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:
    Patti Miller
    City of Boise Airport
    (208) 383-3110
    Email Contact

    A.R. Brache
    American Fiber Systems
    (585) 785-5803
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