Northeastern fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks (news) is expanding deeper into New Jersey. They plan to add another 100 route miles both in the northeast and down into the central regions of the state. Moving further down the I-95 corridor is their most obvious geographical expansion territory, maybe they’ll make it to Philadelphia in a year or two.
Lightower first expanded into New Jersey back in 2009, building dark fiber across the Hudson from Manhattan and Westchester County even before they bought Lexent and Open Access to boost their New York footprint. They have been adding routes and capacity to key data centers in the region ever since, including an expansion at Telx’s 100 Delawanna facility in Clifton just a few months ago.
Lightower offered the following granular detail on the new routes by county:
- Bergen: 25 miles through Paterson, Totowa, and Wayne
- Hudson: 18 miles from Secaucus to Bergen
- Essex & Morris: 12 mile loop through Madison, Morristown, and Livingston
- Middlesex: 25 miles through Carteret, Avenel, Iselin, Metuchen, Edison, and Piscataway
- Middlesex & Mercer: 22 miles through Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Princeton
Being from New Jersey, I think I’ve lived on at least three of those routes over the years…