BOZEMAN FIBER

Bozeman Fiber is a community-owned nonprofit network offering Gigabit fiber and a choice of providers and services.

OUR STORY

Bozeman Fiber Incorporated began development in 2015 after a City-led broadband planning study recommended that the city needed a modern Gigabit fiber network to support local businesses, attract new businesses, and help ensure economic growth. 

Bozeman Fiber is led by a board of community leaders dedicated to the idea that businesses and residents should have access to world class broadband and Internet, and should be able to choose from a variety of service providers offering a wide variety of services at competitive prices.

In addition to our bank partners, Bozeman Fiber would not have been possible without the generous support of many community focused organizations including the City of Bozeman, Bozeman Public Schools, Gallatin County, and the Downtown Bozeman Partnership.

ABOUT PHASE ONE

The first phase of the project is underway now, with construction of twenty-three miles of Gigabit fiber throughout the City scheduled for completion in early fall. The City, County, and K12 school facilities will be connected in mid-summer, and the first business customers will begin receiving services soon after.

Once the initial construction is complete and the first round of businesses are connected, Bozeman Fiber will begin planning for additional network segments throughout the City. The long range plan is to be able to offer Gigabit fiber connectivity to any home or business in the City that requests service.

MEET THE BOARD

Brit Fontenot
Secretary

Brit is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Bozeman, Montana. He has worked for the Bozeman community for over a decade in various capacities – from City Clerk to Assistant to the City Manager.

Currently he is responsible for implementing the City’s economic development strategy of job creation and industry diversification. Brit engages both public and private sectors to collectively and creatively offer solutions to many of the pressing economic issues in and around Bozeman. Additionally, he provides support to local business by aiding in the navigation of various local regulatory processes.

Brit holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and earned an M.A. in History from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.


Steve Johnson

Steve has been employed at Bozeman Public Schools since 1986, he is currently the Deputy Superintendent Operations. He is a native Montanan and graduate of Montana State University. Steve has been involved with governmental accounting his entire professional career, with the Montana Legislative Auditor, Helena Public Schools and Bozeman Public Schools. Steve is a member of the Montana Association of School Business Officials and has served as its President. Steve is also a past President of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a Green Coat Ambassador for the Bozeman Chamber. He received the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Guy Sperry Award in 2009 for his service to the Chamber and the community of Bozeman.


Bill Procunier

Bill Procunier is President and founder of Granite Enterprises, Inc. (2000), dba Granite Technology Solutions, Inc. Granite Technology Solutions specializes in providing professional technical consulting and support services in the areas of Information Technology, phone systems and low-voltage structured cabling, fiber optics and surveillance systems. Granite supports 600+ small and medium size businesses located primarily in Gallatin and Park counties of Montana.

Formerly, Bill was Vice President of the Systems Division for VLC/Powerhouse Technologies (purchased by Anchor Gaming/IGT). In this position, Bill was responsible for lottery and gaming machine control system product development, delivery and support in the United States and internationally. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (U of M) and Business Management (MSU) and has 25+ years of product development and Information Technology support experience.


Jim Ness

Jim Ness was born and raised in Havre Montana. I graduated from Havre High School in 1982 and from Northern Montana College in 1987. I received a Bachelors degree in Business and a minor in Information Technology.

I started my banking career at US Bank in Havre while I was a freshman at Northern Montana College. In 1987, I began working at Three Rivers Bank in Kalispell as a junior lender. In 1990, I moved to Glacier Bank where I served in several production and management roles.

In September, 2013, I began working at Big Sky Western Bank in Bozeman as the Executive Vice President. I assumed the position of President in March of 2014 and currently hold that position.

While in Kalispell, I chaired the Board of the Kalispell area Chamber of Commerce and served as President of the Kalispell Downtown Association. I served on the board of the Gateway Community Center and also served on the Kalispell Police Commission where I held the position of secretary. I was on the board of the Samaritan House, the local homeless shelter, for 6 years where I served as board chair for two years. My involvement in the Bozeman community includes serving on the Board of the Bozeman Health Foundation where I serve as Secretary and chair the finance committee. I serve on Finance Committee of the YMCA and I am a member of the Gallatin College Advisory Board. I also serve on the boards of Prospera and Bozeman Fiber and I am a member of the Sunrise Rotary club.

I am married to my wonderful wife, Lori, and we have one daughter named Jaymie. Jaymie is married and lives in Kalispell.

I enjoy golfing, skiing, racquetball, running, biking, ping pong, playing guitar and spending time with my family.


Chris Naumann

Chris became the Executive Director of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in May of 2007. As such, he directs the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Downtown Urban Renewal District. Previously, he served as a member of the Downtown Urban Renewal District board from 2005 to 2007. From 1995 to 2009, Chris and his wife, Laura, owned and operated Barrel Mountaineering, an outdoor store located on Main Street in historic downtown Bozeman. Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geologic Sciences in 1991 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After several mountain adventures in Asia, Chris settled in Bozeman back in 1993.