Yesterday saw another expansion in metro fiber, but by an operator that I don't get to write about that often. Consolidated Communications has decided to take its northern Texas fiber footprint and begin using it to target the enterprise market.
Consolidated, which bought SureWest last year and is better known for its consumer and traditional CLEC-type business services at the moment, has long had some 300 route miles of fiber (30K fiber miles) in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth region. As of January they will start using it to hook up enterprise customers, branching out beyond the carrier/wholesale clients it had been serving between existing nodes and digging up a few streets along the way, presumably.
I've been waiting to see where Consolidated might focus its efforts after the SureWest deal. Making better use of the fiber assets it already has is something I've been expecting for a while now. Of course, they also have other regional fiber assets where they already have a wider focus. In fact, I should add them (and will over the holidays) to my metro fiber statistics page and competitive telecom trends.