Since lighting up our first fiber business in 2003, we’ve been committed to supporting our communities by living up to one of our most important core values: being local. We live our mission by rolling our chairs away from our desks, stepping outside the office, and joining our friends and neighbors to better serve the people and businesses beyond our doors.

One thing we know is that the power of fiber brings people together. Throughout the year, our teams dedicate their time and energy to create positive change locally. We work collaboratively with city leaders and community advocates to be involved in our schools, volunteer programs, youth mentorship, and local events. Whether we’re taking home the ‘best in beef’ title at the North Platte Public Schools annual barbeque or sponsoring the Lincoln Calling music and arts festival, as a team, we take a great deal of pride in being local and giving back.

Last fall, we had the opportunity to partner technology with education and provide a closer look at our fiber-optic network and the magic that makes ALLO awesome every day. Students across the Nebraska Panhandle were invited to join the Business and Industry tour which spanned an entire day of hands-on exhibits and learning. Students and teachers were able to walk through our central office, compete in a cat5 building challenge, and watch a live fiber-optic light test. While many students in our communities have a strong agriculture background, our team was thrilled to show off a whole new set of options and career paths at ALLO.

At ALLO, we believe fiber is an innovation enabler with limitless potential. Lincoln was recently designated a Smart Gigabit Community by US Ignite, one of only 30 cities internationally to earn this distinction. As a part of this award, the City of Lincoln has agreed to research and implement advanced technology solutions to current issues facing the community. The Navya autonomous shuttle was recently unveiled as a part of a pilot program encouraging sustainable and efficient transportation.  At the reveal, the Mayor of Lincoln, Chris Beutler said, “A technology advancement of this magnitude can open multiple additional opportunities for this city.”

When we build our fiber-optic network, we know GIG things are bound to happen. One of our greatest joys is witnessing ALLO communities find new and exciting ways to utilize technology and move their city forward. Partnering local business with forward-thinking technology provides unbounded potential for economic growth, business development, career opportunities, and a better way of life for the communities where we live, work, and play. When we eliminate technology obstacles, it allows us to focus on what matters most – the people, the community and our shared success.