I have a few details and clarifications for my question to Level 3 which came up in private communications. First, many thanks to all who commented publicly or privately, you have been very helpful.
My numbers of $35K in Q1/08 and $31K Q2/08 were simply the ratio of the Business Markets group quarterly revenue by the approximate on-net building count - both provided in various public documents and filings. Obviously these was quarterly numbers, the monthly numbers would be more like $11.6K and $10.3K and all of these are only approximations due to the fact that the lit building count is given rounded to the nearest hundred or so. I would greatly appreciate better metrics from the company that would help understand the Business Markets group better.
Here is more on my rationale for the question and a framework on which I would view an answer. There seem to be two main reasons to bring buildings on-net: increasing revenue for new customers, and decreasing costs for existing customers. Either can justify the expense and would satisfy my curiosity, but it needs to show up in the numbers - revenues must go up or network expense must go down (or both). Unless of course gains are offset by some other unknown factor - which I would also want to know about. And obviously there may be delays between the investment and the visible effect in revenues etc - again something I'd want to hear more about.
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