Yesterday 360Networks announced an interesting contract and interconnection agreement with SDN Communications, a regional provider owned by a coalition of independent telephone companies in South Dakota. 360Networks will provide GigE private line service for SDN's west coast needs. SDN expanded its focus beyond South Dakota into surrounding states last summer, and seems intent on going further than that this year.
The two companies have signed a new interconnection agreement, through which 360Networks hopes also to expand its offerings into the upper great plains from eastern Montana through the Dakotas, and down into Wyoming and Colorado. That probably means the company will be expanding its wholesale VoIP business to cover those areas SDN reaches, moreso than than bandwidth per se. But you never know I guess.
The northern tier has been getting a bit of extra attention of late, with XO's disputed stimulus application but also the fact that stage 3 of Allied Fiber's buildout appears to take a very northern route. Both must see something interesting up there on the high plains and Rockies, but 360Networks and SDN are closer to these markets and can perhaps make their presence felt more easily.
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