With its expansion throughout the state of Virginia in place and the integration of Fibertech well along its path, I've been expecting Lightower to kick off a new project. They did so today, announcing a significant expansion southward into North Carolina.
Lightower plans to add more than 350 route miles of fiber across the state of North Carolina. Some 120 of that will expand on their existing foothold in Raleigh, while a brand new 90 miles of infrastructure in Charlotte will begin their efforts there. The remaining mileage will presumably hook those two markets back up to their existing footprint in Virginia and on to the northeast and Midwest. In Raleigh they'll have interconnection points at 2100 Garner Station Boulevard, while in Charlotte they'll be at 10105 David Taylor Drive and 121 N. Meyers Street.
Heading southward did seem a likely path for Lightower, with an eventual goal of reaching Atlanta perhaps. But first there are probably other markets in North Carolina to take on after they get the Raleigh and Charlotte networks up and running. There is also the possibility that Lightower might build on its new foothold in the Carolinas with a bit of M&A first. While DukeNet went to TW Cable (and now Charter), there's still Spirit Communications' PalmettoNet.