XS Media provides fast wireless internet to rural residents with few options, and works to extend reach of gigabit fiber Stephen Parac stands on the roof of The Miner Building overlooking downtown Eugene. It’s an overcast day, and he gestures toward cloud-covered points on the horizon as he talks. “We’re up in the Coburg hills, we’re up in the south hills, we’re over in Springfield. So we shoot service from downtown, which is where our fiber is, out to these hills, and then we spread out from there,” Parac says. “You can think of it like a hub and spokes.” Parac is chief operating officer of XS Media, a local internet service provider (ISP), established in 2001, which today delivers high-speed connections both wirelessly and via Eugene-Springfield’s growing, publicly owned fiber optic network known as EUGNet. XS Media has two locations in Eugene including its office in The Miner. The building, at the heart of the city’s tech/innovation core, offers multiple advantages for XS Media, which was known as UnwiredWest until a name change in 2012 reflected its evolution into something more than a wireless ISP. “This was one of the first buildings connected to the downtown fiber project...