Last month, Lumos Networks announced a buildout to the southeast of its main turf all the way down into Richmond. Today they released additional information about that buildout, including a major Ethernet anchor customer for the new infrastructure in the form of the healthcare provider HCA Virginia.
In addition to intercity routes from both Ashburn and Lynchburg to hook it back up to the rest of its network, Lumos is adding 92 route miles of regional and metro fiber. For HCA that means 10 facilities, satellite offices and critical care locations around the metro area will be brought on-net. They've been working with Lumos for a long time, presumably elsewhere in the state.
With its expansion onto the eastern seaboard and rising margins, Lumos's stature has been growing in the bandwidth sector since being split off from nTelos. While I've thought about them as a potential target for consolidation, they also look like a good fit for someone like DukeNet. But for now it looks like they're demonstrating both the desire and capability for organic growth. Still no map of the planned routes, but you can see where a Richmond footprint would fit in the scheme of things for Lumos to the left.