COEUR D’ALENE, ID—Intermax Networks, a locally owned and operated company serving the technology needs of residents and businesses of North Idaho, has purchased GNet, a St. Maries internet service provider.  

GNet was owned by Dan and Cindy Hammes, who also own the Gazette Record. The purchase does not affect the newspaper operations. The internet business will remain in its same location with the newspaper. 

“We’ve worked with Intermax for several years and have always been impressed with both their service and their business practices,” Mr. Hammes said. “We’re seeing a lot of changes in the business and this seems like a good time to make the change.” 

Intermax Networks has been in business for almost 20 years. With the purchase of GNet, they now offer service from St. Maries to the Canadian border. In addition to internet access, Intermax offers phone service and IT security. 

Over time we intend to continue to upgrade, improve, and expand upon the existing GNet network so that we can provide more service to more people in Benewah County with the fastest speeds and most reliable network,” Mike Kennedy, president of Intermax, said.

“We always worked hard to provide the best service possible with fast response times,” Mr. Hammes said. “Our growth over the years shows that Jeremy and Rob provided great service. We know that will continue with Intermax.” 

The Hammeses began offering internet service as part their newspaper business in 2000. They started by offering dial-up service but as technology advanced, they added much faster fixed wireless service. Over the years they expanded their network and coverage. 

“It’s been an interesting and challenging business, which will see some major changes in the coming years,” Mr. Hammes said. “Intermax not only offers a commitment to support our customers but they offer the scale and size to bring the service they want.” 

Jeremy Kekahuna and Rob Bliss, longtime employees at GNet, will continue with Intermax and will continue to work out of the GNet/Gazette Record office at 610 Main in St. Maries 

To contact Intermax, call 208-762-8065 or stop by one if its offices in Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, Spokane, or St. Maries. To read the story in the Gazette Record visit

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