There are another 400 route miles or so of fiber on Lightower's southern frontier this week. The northeastern fiber operator said today that it has completed its expansion in the Washington DC and northern Virginia metro area.
The buildout was announced last summer, a few months after the Sidera merger was completed and Lightower first gained assets this far down the I-95 corridor. Sidera had previously announced a major 1,000+ route mile regional expansion down into Virginia, and Lightower added this additional 400+ route mile metro expansion on top of that.
The new fiber hooks up key sites in DC itself, Montgomery County over in Maryland, and Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Prince William counties in Virginia. It was a pretty quick expansion, all things considered, so I'm guessing this is via fiber IRUs to fill out the former Sidera footprint. They're presumably still building out the regional Virginia fiber network, which covers ground that is rather less traveled.
I still think that Lightower's aggressive push into Virginia suggests that they may have M&A interest to the south should another opportunity arise. While TWC managed to snag DukeNet, Lightower could be a bidder for an asset like FiberLight.
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