Time for another quick roundup of news on the metro front worth a quick look, with two items from Zayo, some Goodwill for Integra, a network build-out milestone for Optica, and another new datacenter for Earthlink:
Zayo partnered with Gigabit Squared out in Chicago, where they'll be helping roll out gigabit fiber and wireless in Chicago's Mid-South Side. The project has $2M in state funding and will aim at bringing big bandwidth to both consumers and businesses. Meanwhile, Zayo also completed the integration of its DIA and IP transit inventory with Telarus's GeoQuote, with over 5000 lit buildings on tap. Real time quotes for the channel will help give their efforts on that front some additional fuel.
The western regional network operator Integra won a multi-location services deal out in Denver with Goodwill Industries of Denver. The thrift store network needs internet, voice, and cloud firewall services to nearly 50 locations across the metro area, moving up from its previous T-1 services to Metro Ethernet and the cloud.
Down in Georgia, Optica Network Technologies says it is just about done with Phase 1 of its buildout for Xcelerate Broadband's FTTH project. They've been constructing a 205 mile fiber network in Baldwin, Putnam, and Hancock counties, upon which Xcelerate will be offering 1Gbps symmetric access. Optica is a division of Omaha's Pinpoint Networks.
And EarthLink opened another of the data centers they announced last fall. The new facility at 8 Great Oaks Boulevard in San Jose join the recent openings in Dallas and Chicago, and will be followed by another in Miami next month. The former dialup ISP icon has been transforming itself into a managed IT/cloud services provider since buying Deltacom and One Communications two years ago.