United Communications Announces Acquisition of Athena Broadband

July 26, 2017



United Communications announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Athena Broadband.  William Bradford, President and CEO of United Communications, emphasized that the acquisition was a great fit because it allows United to rapidly expand broadband availability to underserved areas of Middle Tennessee.  "By combining the area’s leaders in fiber and fixed wireless, we will be expanding affordable high-speed internet to under-served areas of Middle Tennessee, said Bradford."
The transaction comes at a great time for both companies, as United has recently completed construction of a new fiber ring, connecting Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Chapel Hill, and many other rural communities within Marshall and Bedford Counties.  United plans to expand wireless coverage along its fiber route with the Athena fixed wireless product.  This will allow many rural customers to benefit from the power of fiber.  The transaction will also be beneficial to Athena’s many loyal customers.  By the end of 2017, United plans to connect many of Athena's towers to their new fiber ring in the region, increasing the overall capacity of Athena’s existing network.

The two co-founders of Athena, Josh Lynch and John Rowland, will also be joining United as members of the management team.  Both parties feel the acquisition made sense for a lot of reasons.  "We are both local service providers focused on expanding broadband access and providing great customer service in Middle Tennessee.  This agreement will enhance the services both companies offer today and allow us to deliver broadband to more customers at a faster rate,” commented Lynch.   “We are very excited to have Josh and John join the United team to help us accelerate the delivery of Faster Speeds and Dedicated Service throughout Middle Tennessee”, said Bradford.  

United Management team from left to right: John Rowland (Athena), Tommy Welch, Mike Jury, William Bradford, Josh Lynch (Athena), Kristin Jackson, and Missy Michaels. Not pictured: Jaimy Cooper and Scott Niehaus. 



United Communications

Headquartered in Chapel Hill, TN (Marshall County), United has a 70 year history of providing advanced telecommunications services in Middle Tennessee, and was one of the first providers in Tennessee to deploy fiber-to-the-home.  As part of their Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative, the company has spent the past two years rapidly expanding its fiber network into new sectors of Williamson, Marshall, and Bedford counties.  United’s network currently serves approximately 25,000 rural homes and businesses covering over 500 square miles in Middle Tennessee.


Athena Broadband

Headquartered in Shelbyville, TN (Bedford County), Athena was established in 2010 to deliver high-speed Internet access over fixed wireless technology with speeds up to 1 GIG, as well as customized point-to-point wireless solutions for multi-location businesses, and wholesale business solutions.  Athena’s network currently covers over 600 square miles in the region.