By leveraging Clearfield in its network design, RT Communications gets the drop on high-speed fiber services quickly and cost effectively

Minneapolis, MN — October 5, 2017 — Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, today announced that RT Communications has leveraged Clearfield’s modular, pre-engineered technology, including FieldShield Pushable Optical Fiber, Multiport Terminals and patch cord connectors to speed Fiber-to-the-Premise service delivery to expand the range and reach of its network. RT Communications’ network covers over 10,000 subscribers in communities throughout Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. Most recently, Clearfield’s FieldShield products were utilized in a deployment for residential customers in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming – seeking to improve connectivity for the carrier’s fiber customers.

“RT’s goal is to expand its fiber optic broadband network to as many locations as feasible, and Clearfield provides a comprehensive and economical solution for doing so,” said Becky Dooley, Vice President and General Manager for RT Communications. “The Clearfield solution includes a modular product line backed by a team of dedicated support professionals, and when combined, helps to streamline the installation and maintenance of RT’s fiber optic network.”

Fiber service is not new for Pine Bluffs residents, but the ability to access high-speed services has been limited. With Clearfield’s cost-effective and labor-lite approach, RT Communications is now able to simplify and scale the deployment without having to deploy a construction crew each time a new service installation is needed.  

“Clearfield enables service providers like RT Communications to easily reach its customers more economically than it might with other solutions and this makes the economics of fiber based service delivery much more compelling,” commented Cheri Beranek, President and CEO of Clearfield. “Not only can service providers significantly lower labor costs associated with service activation, they are also finding that our solutions provide them with the ability to more easily manage, maintain and service these networks.”

RT Communications is using plug-and-play products from Clearfield to eliminate the need for expensive and time consuming hand-splicing.  Clearfield’s FieldShield ducted solution and pushable optical fiber also make for fast, easy installation that lowers overall deployment costs. RT Communications is able to reduce the amount of labor required to push fiber to the customers by more than half, providing a 30% operational savings. This enables them to achieve a faster return on investment, extend services more broadly, and ensure they can service and manage the network efficiently over time.

About RT Communications

RT Communications is an independent telecommunications company headquartered in Worland, WY.  It employs 56 dedicated employees and provides telecommunications and internet services to more than 10,000 customers in 16 communities throughout Wyoming and in small portions of Montana and South Dakota.  RT Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. For more information, visit www.rangecompanies.com.

Media Contact: 

Linda Weeks

RT Communications

307-347-7072

linda.weeks@rtcom.net

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for communications networks. Our “fiber to the anywhere” platform serves the unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECS), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), Wireless operators, and MSO/cable TV companies, while also catering to the broadband needs of the utility/municipality, enterprise, data center and military markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year. For more information, go to www.SeeClearfield.com

Media and Analyst Contact:

Richard M. Williams

Witz Communications, Inc. for Clearfield, Inc.

919-435-9110

rmwilliams@witzcommunications.com