Following quickly on the heels of last week's buildout plans over in Iowa, Yesterday Unite Private Networks announced another expansion on the other side of Missouri River. The midwestern fiber builder and operator plans to build out an additional 600 route miles of fiber in the southeastern part of Nebraska.
That will bring them above 2,000 route miles of fiber in the state, and will add loops in Omaha and Lincoln while also reaching deeper into the surrounding region. UPN's existing footprint in Nebraska includes both organically grown fiber and that which they purchased from Zito Media two years ago. This buildout looks as if it will meld the two into a more cohesive footprint, completing the set as it were.
Alongside its investments in Iowa and Colorado's front range, UPN's network in the Midwest is starting to look more broadly regional, moving far beyond the isolated metro loops they started with. I'm a bit surprised they haven't done more expanding of the inorganic variety, but it certainly seems to be working for them.
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