Irby Utility Grade Broadband


In today’s world, a dependable connection isn’t optional.

You need reliable connections. We have the experience, technical knowledge and resources to build and maintain your networks, no matter where you live. Irby Professional Grade Utility Broadband provides end-to-end solutions for communication networks and executable delivery of broadband networks.

We build solutions for broadband, inter-office connectivity, AMI, SCADA, and load control using microwave, narrow band digital radio, and fiber optics. Think you’re too far from the big city for high-speed internet? Think again. We make it easy to connect co-op communities to fast, reliable broadband service no matter where you live. Irby works with the leading providers, such as Render, Azotel, Biarri Networks, DZS, Vetro and more to provide you with a turnkey approached to connectivity.

Irby’s success in broadband starts long before the invention of the internet. In 1926, Irby set out to create more opportunities in the electrical distribution space. Through innovative product solutions and world-class technical knowledge, we brought more value to customer relationships. Our focus on value for customers means you get the lowest overall cost of doing business—with the most talented people in the industry. More than 90 years later, we still have the same philosophy.

Irby's professional grade utility broadband is a technically focused business entity within the larger Irby Utility business enterprise. As a billion-dollar wholesale electric distributor to the electrical utility industry, Irby continues to provide leading-edge solutions and financial security for state-of-the-art products and services.

Our staff has a history of delivering success in large, complex projects. Together, we have engineered and managed the deployment of broadband connectivity to more than 115,000 rural broadband subscribers. We have provided metering solutions for over 1 million meters, covering 200,000 miles of energized line.

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The Irby Advantage

  • Experience counts and Irby Utilities has been servicing the utility market for over 90 years
  • Dedicated resources and full commitment of a $1 billion+ local company with the backing of global investment company
  • Technical Staff of over 125 Network, Fiber Design and Construction Engineers working effectively 24 hours a day globally
  • Financial strength to provide peace of mind through extensive inventory availability.

Customer Focused Broadband

  • We've completed eight broadband projects, each custom designed and implemented based on Customer Specifications
  • In 2021, Irby Utilities Broadband's scope will include over 300,000 meters and 30,000 miles of primary cable
  • Irby Utilities is professional grade! We manage it all from start to finish - that's delivery, deployment, and full program support for over $500 million in fiber/broadband systems.



Geff Smith
VP Technology & Communications
(217) 259-3157

Patrick Reams
Director of Technology & Communications
(910) 465-1875