TGIF, is it December already? Here's a quick look at a few more items from the metro space this week:
Fibertech Networks has built a second fiber path into Lifeline Data Centers' Eastgate facility in the Indianapolis metro area. The extra diversity and redundancy boosts Lifeline's ability to serve the business continuity segment, meeting necessary industry compliance standards. We often think of Fibertech as a northeastern metro operator, but they have a substantial footprint in both Indianapolis and in Columbus to the east. Following last year's ownership change, the company hasn't been that visible yet but seems to be becoming more aggressive of late.
Out west, the large regional CLEC Integra Telecom has connected its Ethernet footprint with that of Saddleback Communications, bringing expanded connectivity to both companies. I haven't run into Saddleback much, but they were created by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in the Phoenix metro area. If I had a map of their fiber footprint, I'd post it in my metro maps section - hint hint...
Prior to yesterday's closing of its merger with Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings), PAETEC won a multi-million dollar five year contract on its home turf of western New York State. They'll be providing the Rural Rea Health Education Center (R-AHEC) with a high speed network for the Western New York Rural Broadband Healthcare Network (WNYRBHN). Someone's gotta tell them to shorten those acronyms. The deal is part of a 5 year contract serving 38 facilities around the state.
And finally, midwestern regional operator US Signal has joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance. The group seeks to promote a nextgen WiFi experience, and has 71 member companies from the sector. The company sees the WBA as a way to help increase access options in their markets, and hence increasing their addressable market in the future. US Signal has been busy building out cloud-based IaaS services this year, aiming at a wider variety of enterprises than they have traditionally focused on.
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