Competitive metro and regional fiber operator Zayo has won some broadband stimulus funding in Indiana. They are partnering with I-Light, which operates educational networks in the state from GRNOC at Indiana University, and will be building fiber connections to 21 Ivy Tech Community Colleges around the state. Along the paths to those community colleges, they will also bring broadband connectivity to some 80 under-served communities.
It is billed as a three year project with total costs of $31.8M, of which about $25.1M will come from the government and the remainder will be made up of matching funds from Zayo and its educational partners. Zayo and I-Light will be building 626 miles of new 96 strand fiber routes across the state. Two of those fiber strands will be devoted to I-Light. Zayo already has quite a bit of fiber in the state of course, having bought Indiana Fiberworks early in its acquisition streak.
There may have been others I missed, but this is the first stimulus win I have noticed that went to any of the companies I cover most frequently on Telecom Ramblings. Zayo's win shows the savvy with which they approached the process, finding an educational partner in a region where they have solid assets but desire additional depth. When complete, Zayo will be sitting in a pile of unique fiber routes.
In the next stage supposedly more focus will be paid to the middle mile, which will perhaps favor these companies over the smaller rural community projects that have dominated so far.
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