Texas company buys Lincoln-based internet provider

A Texas-based internet provider has made another acquisition in Lancaster County.

Next Internet, which in 2021 bought Internet providers based in Lincoln, Waverly and Hickman, announced Wednesday that it has bought Bluestem Network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bluestem Network, formerly known as Bluestem Fiber, provides high-speed Internet service in Lancaster and Seward counties.

NextLink, which provides services to many communities in Lancaster and surrounding counties, said it will use the acquisition to continue expanding in Southeast Nebraska.

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“We plan to use these assets as a foundation to continue to grow our Internet presence across southeast Nebraska,” Claude Aiken, NextLink’s chief strategy officer, said in a news release. “Our first order of business is to get the communities of Seward, Milford, Emerald and Pleasant Dale fully connected to the Internet.”

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The company, which has five offices and more than 60 employees in Nebraska, said it is currently working on expanding fiber internet service in rural areas of Gage County.

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