Hunter Communications of Medford, Oregon, said it has acquired the parent company to fixed wireless access provider OnlineNW. Hunter acquired McMinnville Access, which owns OnlineNW and XS Media, according to a statement from Hunter.
“This acquisition is a significant milestone to bringing better internet service to underserved Willamette Valley communities,” said Michael Wynschenk, CEO of Hunter Communications. “The outstanding employees of OnlineNW and XS Media complement Hunter in ways that will help us serve more residential and business customers.”
Hunter said it is seeking ways to strengthen its foundation, improve performance in new markets and ensure customers receive the best service possible. It said that zcquiring OnlineNW and XS Media allows the company to expand product offerings in Oregon and accelerates its ability to provide service to underserved communities.
“This acquisition represents a true partnership and a great match to our company values,” said Kathy Tate, CEO of OnlineNW. “Like OnlineNW and XS Media, Hunter values building relationships with employees, customers and communities all while creating economic vitality and opportunity. As a larger organization with more financial resources, we will be able to increase our investment in technology and expand our service area, enabling us to serve more customers and broaden our reach to new markets.”
Hunter said it employs more than 180 workers in Oregon, representing a 30 percent growth in its workforce following the acquisition. The company said it would begin integrating its systems later in 2022, with all companies operating independently until then. Once it systems have been integrated, the company said its customers would have access to some of the fastest fiber-optic internet in the state.
According to Hunter, OnlineNW provides rural fiber-optic and fixed wireless internet services in the mid-valley region of Oregon.