In 1997, Primary Network formed Primary Communications – which filed for CLEC status. Primary also expanded its ISP Services to Kansas City in 1997.
In 1998, Primary Communications rolled out – their facilities-based DSL product which Primary Network began selling.
In 1999, Primary Network Holdings Company raised $53 million – and began expansion of their footprint throughout Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Primary Network also acquired 16 ISPs within these areas and ultimately built out 120 central offices with DSL facilities.
In June of 2000 – Primary Holdings was sold to Mpower Communications for $145 million.
At its peak Primary Network had over – 100,000 dial-up subscribers and an annual run-rate of $35 million. In 2001, Mpower Communications made the decision to move out of its Midwest markets – and some of the original management team of Primary Network bought back most of the St. Louis and Kansas City business Internet assets.
Today, Primary Network, which is owned by – River City Internet Group (http://www.rcig.net) a St. Louis based Internet delivery system holding company, offers dial-up, ISDN, DSL, T1 , e-Port (10 MB), DS3, and wireless solutions.