Competitive fiber operator Zayo has had a couple of news items over the last few days. First, they picked up a contract in Michigan with managed data center provider Online Tech. They will be providing a diverse fiber path hooking up the company's data center in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor metro fiber footprint derives from the former KMC assets that Zayo purchased from CenturyTel a while back.
And out in the Denver area, Zayo Enterprise Networks has begun a fiber-to-the-enterprise effort in the Denver area. To power the network they have chosen packet optical and carrier Ethernet gear from BTI Systems. Zayo entered the Colorado market mostly at the conduit level in the Fall of 2008 with the purchase of assets derived from Adesta. That didn't include actual fiber and since then there hasn't been much public news. However, they are obviously following through by pulling fiber and entering the metro market in the city.
The theme here is of further development of the company's lesser known markets. Barring another M&A streak, I expect we will see the trend continue.