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Balfour Beatty Communities Secures Broadband Fiber Optic Network for Vandenberg AFB Families


New connectivity significantly enhances quality of life

Beatty Communities
announced today that a new broadband fiber optic
network at Vandenberg AFB is fully operational and providing reliable,
high speed internet service to its residents at Vandenberg
Family Homes
. Vandenberg Family Homes are part of an on-base
privatized family housing project managed by Balfour Beatty Communities
and serving active duty Air Force families at Vandenberg AFB near rural
Lompoc, California.

"Helping residents find and maintain a high quality of life in our
communities is our top priority, particularly our military families who
sacrifice so much for our country," said Ty McPhillips, Balfour Beatty
Communities (BBC) Regional Project Director for the company's Air Force
portfolio. "The lack of high speed internet service is an issue
throughout Lompoc and the surrounding rural areas, creating a
frustrating experience for those living here. Although it was outside
our scope of work, when we identified that the lack of high speed
internet capability was adversely impacting our Service Members' quality
of life at Vandenberg Family Homes, we set out to see if we could
facilitate improvements in this area."

In late 2016, BBC reached out to the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of
Commerce, to gain broadband fiber optic understanding in this rural
area. The discussion inspired a partnering between BBC and Inyo
Networks, a California-based fiber optic network developer and service

BBC worked with both Inyo and Vandenberg AFB Command, to design and
build a broadband fiber optic network that provides voice, video and
1-gigabit internet access for subscribing residents. "One of the issues
was finding the right provider who could not only develop the right
plan, but also guide it through the complex approval process needed to
make it a reality. We found that partner with Inyo," McPhillips noted.

"The Vandenberg Air Force Base Housing Project internet infrastructure
initiative is a real win for our housing community," said Colonel
Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing Commander. "I appreciate the VAFB
Privatized Housing Project, Balfour Beatty Communities and Inyo Networks
working together to solve our lack of high speed internet which was a
major quality of life issue for VAFB housing residents."

"For many years military families noted limited internet as a main
concern with residing on base. Through partnership, out of the box
thinking and persistence, additional capabilities are now a reality
thanks to the Vandenberg Family Housing project," said Gretchen
Swinehart of the VAFB Housing Management Office.

"Inyo Networks is honored to be the broadband service provider for our
military families at Vandenberg," said Michael Ort, Inyo Networks CEO,
adding "This state-of-the-art network will deliver exceptional
performance well into the future."

About Balfour Beatty Communities

Beatty Communities, LLC
is a diversified real estate services
company delivering development, design, financing, construction,
renovation, property and facilities management services in the
multifamily, student and military housing sectors. A leader in the
industry, Balfour Beatty Communities has more than 50,000 residential
units and $6 billion in real estate assets under management and has
developed or renovated more than 29,000 units with a total value of
close to $4 billion. Headquartered outside Philadelphia, PA, Balfour
Beatty Communities has more than 1,200 employees and is a subsidiary of Balfour
Beatty Investments, Inc.

Balfour Beatty Investments is part of Balfour
Beatty plc
, a global leader in construction services, support
services, and infrastructure investment.

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