VALU-NET LLC COMPANY BACKGROUND
ValuNet’s founders are Stephen L. Sauder, Richard L. Tidwell, Stormy C. Supiran, and
Bobbie L. Agler. This team previously founded, owned, and operated Valu-Line of
Kansas. Started in 1982, Valu-Line was the first competitive long-distance company
in Kansas, expanding from Emporia in the mid-1980s to the entire state of Kansas by
the mid-1990s. During this time Valu-Line also sold and serviced business telephone
systems, and provided Internet and local telephone service. In 1998, Valu-Line of
Kansas merged with Birch Telecom, Inc., a competitive local exchange carrier based in
Kansas City, Missouri that operated throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
The Company’s network is a “fiber-to-the-premises” design that is capable of
providing up to one gigabyte (1,000 megabytes) of bandwidth to each location
(although customers of similar systems do not generally utilize all of the available
ValuNet utilizes a state-of-the-art local and long-distance packet switch, network
routing and related equipment for high-speed broadband data services. This network
is designed to provide toll-quality voice services. ValuNet’s Internet Protocol (“IP”)
based video platform is designed to deliver state-of-the-art video (television) service
with capability for enhanced “over the top” services through the use of expanded internet capabilities.
Unlike first and second-generation CLECs who lease the “last mile” of copper wire
from the incumbent phone company to reach customers, ValuNet controls the ValuNet network from end to end. ValuNet therefore does not depend on its primary
competitor for the construction, maintenance, repair, and pricing of the connection
to its network-based customers. In addition, the extraordinary capacity of the all fiber
network allows ValuNet to offer services and data speeds now and in the future
that the incumbent phone company and cable company in ValuNet’s markets cannot
match with their existing facilities, and that cannot be matched by currently available
(or reasonably foreseeable) wireless technology.
In addition to its local network, ValuNet has constructed new high-speed fiber
connectivity to other carriers, cities, and the Internet backbone at bandwidth and
speeds never before available to Emporia.
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The Company was organized in March 2011 as a Kansas Limited Liability Company for the purpose of building an all fiber optic telecommunications network to service Emporia Kansas. ValuNet is owned by
over 50 local Emporians.
ValuNet’s pledge to the community and our customers is simple and straightforward;
1. We believe in an honest approach with no tricks2. We provide superior services at competitive prices, providing greater value than our competitors:
Fiber optics: Virtually no bandwidth limitations
Internet: Superior redundancy, speed and symmetrical services (same download & upload speeds)
Voice: clear and dependable; modern features and services not available from the incumbent
Video: Clear picture, fast channel change, best DVR, best user interface