Seems like the only time we hear from this bend of the Missouri River is when we're talking about Google, so it was refreshing to see some other fiber news come out of Kansas City yesterday. TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) is putting more fiber into the ground to expand its presence in the city, adding loops in the 'North of the Missouri River' area and in the central business district.
The extra fiber will bring more than 300 new businesses within range of their fiber in the Briarcliff and Clay County areas. tw's fiber in Kansas City originates with the Xspedius acquisition. The acquired network assets were not extensive, and thus KC has not been one of tw's larger markets. However, a dramatic increase in demand has given them a reason to raise their investment in this metro area.
One wonders if Google's consumer 1Gbps project will trickle up to the enterprise market eventually somehow. After all, we know it's possible to make money serving fiber to the business, as tw has been demonstrating nationally for some time now.
Rumors of a bid for tw telecom by CenturyLink seem to have abated for now. It could still happen, of course, but the timing doesn't seem right to me.
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