Lots of fiber expansion activity in the news that's worth a quick look:
In the DC metro area, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network has announced plans to add 300 additional route miles to its footprint. The buildout will connect its Baltimore and Delmarva peninsula assets to both downtown Washington DC and northern Virginia, meaning Ashburn, Reston, and McLean -- a.k.a where the data centers are. It's a big project for 24/7, and when complete will see its footprint grow by 60%.
Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is putting money to work on the west coast of South America in the former Global Crossing footprint. They picked up a contract expansion to provide network services to one of the country's main heavy crude oil pipelines for OCP Ecuador S.A. Level 3 has quite an extensive footprint in Quito, deriving obviously from the Impsat assets.
In the Pacific Northwest, Fatbeam says it has finished up a fiber network buildout for the Post Falls ID and Medical Lake WA school districts. In the former case, Fatbeam is providing 2Gbps betweeh each school site, while in the later case the school district purchased dark fiber it will light itself. Fatbeam is also in the process of hooking up the TierPoint data center in Liberty Lake.
And finally, TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) picked up a multi-year contract expansion with Milwaukee-based Red Anvil. They'll be providing Business Ethernet services in support of Red Anvil's suite of data center, cloud, and hosting services. tw telecom just announced an upgrade to its Ethernet service capabilities aimed at cloud providers, and this is obviously a prime example of the sort of contract they're aiming for.
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