Time for a quick mid-week roundup of news from regional and metro network operators around the USA:
For MegaPath the week started off on a sunny note, as Florida-based Sunshine Gasoline Distributors tapped their MPLS, wireless failover, and managed security services for an additional 140 stores. They had started out with a 70-site implementation, managing the communications infrastructure by which the gas station and convenience store operator handles its transactions and meets PCI DSS standards.
New York State's NYSERNet has jumped on the 100G bandwagon. The non-profit research network has deployed Ekinops gear to increase their existing capacity in a cost effective manner. The upgraded network has been carrying live traffic since July.
Birch Communications may be steadily consolidating and integrating assets, but they've got some organic expansion going on too. This week they announced their intention to add 50 new IT, engineering, order processing, and call center staff mostly in Macon, Georgia and Emporia, Kansas but also in sales offices in both Georgia and Kentucky. Birch most recently closed the purchase of the assets of Kentucky's Lightyear Network Solutions last month.
And last week the northeastern fiber powerhouse Lightower became the latest to sign on with Amazon's expanded AWS Direct program. They're offering all-fiber connectivity to all AWS services in both New York City and Ashburn to their 7,500+ on-net buildings throughout their footprint.
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