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BendTel Introduces Smart City Initiative

BendTel Introduces Smart City Initiative

As a growing economy & desirable visitor destination, Bend Oregon faces the challenge of managing growth sustainably so it continues to be the special & dynamic community that it is today. Being a local company, BendTel believes businesses in the tech sector can play a role in helping enhance Bend’s livability.


Planning is currently underway for an outdoor community Wi-Fi umbrella to be constructed on top of our fiber infrastructure in Downtown Bend. Visitors will enjoy free basic Wi-Fi, while commercial access will be available for businesses & organizations with demanding applications. Downtown Bend is an ideal area to demonstrate Smart City technology as it is a dense business neighborhood & a hub for visitors, locals, & events.


The Smart City enhances interactions between residents, businesses, government, visitors, & the city’s infrastructure using technology as the interface. The goal is to make Bend more livable, economically efficient, and sustainable through the deployment of network enabled technologies.


One of the earliest Smart Cities, Vail’s ultra-fast community Wi-Fi hosts thousands of daily users, in addition to helping it compete as a major event venue. Vail’s Smart City infrastructure is also used for traffic & parking management, emergency response, streaming event video, and marketing to visitors.

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BendTel Celebrates James Neff’s 10-Year Milestone

BendTel Celebrates James Neff’s 10-Year Milestone

BendTel celebrated the 10-year milestone of its CTO and co-owner James Neff this month. Neff is a 4th generation Oregonian whose pioneer great-grandfather was one of Bend’s earliest settlers, after whom Bend’s Neff Road was named. A former COCC wrestling Bobcat, James attended college on a wrestling scholarship before volunteering for the Army, where he… Continue Reading

Password Security Tips

Password Security Tips

Do you ever have trouble keeping track of your office, car, or house keys? What about your passwords? Just like a house or a car key, a password is a tool you use to protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft or trespassing. And as we conduct more of our work & personal lives… Continue Reading

Congratulations Justin Neff on 10 Years with BendTel

Congratulations Justin Neff on 10 Years with BendTel

January 2017 marks the 10-year BendTel anniversary of Justin Neff, Senior Account Executive. Having joined BendTel as an Interconnect Technician in 2007, Neff leverages his technical knowledge to the advantage of his clients in his current role, notably distinguishing himself as BendTel’s top-performing salesperson of 2016. Prior to joining BendTel, Neff was self-employed as the… Continue Reading

Bend Bulletin Bandwidth Article Highlights BendTel

Awareness of Gigabit bandwidth is growing in Bend, thanks in part to a recent article in The Bend Bulletin highlighting the availability of big bandwidth in our area, and its importance to the business community. The article, which quotes BendTel CEO Tom Barrett, can be read in full on The Bulletin’s website at this link. Continue Reading

Gig City

Considering the average rate of 6 new people moving to Bend per day over the past 5 years1, our town could eventually become a big city. But something has grown even faster than Bend’s population this year…namely, Bend’s Internet bandwidth speeds. The completion of a new multi-Gigabit fiber optic network in Bend in 2016 multiplied… Continue Reading

See BendTel’s Big Phone at 2016 Chamber Golf Tournament

Visit BendTel at the 2016 Bend Chamber Golf Tournament taking place this Monday October 3rd, 2016. BendTel is participating in the event as a Cart Sponsor. Be sure to look for BendTel’s golfcart with the big orange phone attached. We will be giving away stainless steel tumblers, free beer donated by Sunriver Brewing Company, and… Continue Reading

BendTel Completes Data & Telecommunications Wiring at FedEx

BendTel announces the completion of the data & telecommunications wiring at the new FedEx Ground distribution facility in Bend. The recently-constructed 69,000+ square foot facility is located on an 11.5 acre campus on Brinson Boulevard. The data wiring project was completed on time & within budget. Engineering of the network was provided by FedEx’s partner… Continue Reading