• 1998

    UPN was founded.

  • 1999

    First customer (Pueblo, CO government).

  • 2000

    First school contract (Raytown, MO, Kansas City, MO, Dodge City, KS, and Lincoln, NE).

  • 2002

    First enterprise business customer (Lincoln, NE).

  • 2005

    First carrier customer.

  • 2005

    First “lit” market is operational (Lincoln, NE).

  • 2006

    Triple Play business sold.

  • 2009

    $100 million of revenue under contract. 1,000 route miles of fiber and 500 on-net buildings in 8 states.

  • 2014

    $500 million of revenue under contract. 5,000 route miles of fiber and 2,500 on-net buildings in 20 states.

  • 2016

    Cox joins Ridgemont Equity Partners and management team as a major investor.

  • 2018

    $1 billion of revenue under contract. 8,500 route miles of fiber and 6,000 on-net buildings.

Top-of-the-Line Private Fiber Networks Since 1998

Unite Private Networks (UPN) provides fiber-optic communications infrastructure services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers. Service offerings include dark and lit fiber, private line, optical Ethernet, Internet access, FiberVoice and other customized solutions. UPN currently serves over 300 communities across 21 states, with 10,000 fiber route miles and 7,500 end customer sites. UPN is also one of the largest providers of fiber WAN services to K-12 school districts in the U.S, serving more than 250 school districts, connecting nearly 2 million students. Headquartered in the Kansas City, MO metro area, UPN has been providing customer-focused communications solutions since 1998.


UPN has a proven history of successful completion of large and complex fiber-optic construction projects, on time and on budget. Customer relationships typically include long-term agreements (10-20 years) for fiber-optic connectivity between multiple facility locations. UPN manages all phases of the customer relationship, including RFP response, construction management, network reliability, technical assistance, and customer service, to facilitate a long-term partnership with the customer. UPN also has significant experience working with federal E-Rate program guidelines for K-12 school districts and is a certified E-Rate service provider.

UPN is regulated by Public Service Commissions of each state in which UPN operates and also by the Federal Communication Commission, with periodic reporting requirements and service standards.

UPN’s current investors include Cox Communications, Ridgemont Equity Partners and the company’s employees. For more information on UPN, please explore our website or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone, and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video, and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care, and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at

About Ridgemont Equity Partners:
Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have invested more than $3.5 billion in 129 companies. The firm focuses on investments of $25 million to $100 million in industries in which it has deep expertise, including basic industries and services, energy, healthcare, and telecommunications/media/technology. For more info, visit





Quick facts

  • Currently serving 300 communities across 21 states
  • 100% owned and operated fiber-optic network
  • Service offerings include dark and lit fiber, private line, and more
  • We manage RFP response, network
    reliability, technical assistance, and more
  • Certified E-Rate service provider