Furthering its expansion in the Mid-Atlantic region, Lightower today announced significant metro fiber buildout plans for in Maryland. They are adding some 270 route miles in and through downtown Baltimore, the surrounding metro area, and in the corridor down to Washington DC.
Of Lightower's footprint along the I-95 corridor from Maine to Virginia, the Baltimore metro area has historically gotten the least attention. Prior to the Sidera merger Lightower hadn't reached that far south at all, and Sidera's presence in Maryland was largely used a pathway down to DC and Ashburn.
Lightower had already been continuing Sidera's buildout plans further out into Virginia, but the Baltimore move further emphasizes the company's interest in their southern front. Beyond those plans though, I still wonder if they might take the inorganic route. Their western neighbor is Lumos Networks of course, and there has to be something down in the Carolinas that would fit -- PalmettoNet perhaps?
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