Here are a few interesting stories this week from the world of metro fiber:
In the Pacific Northwest, Fatbeam says it has picked up two E-Rate contracts. They'll be building fiber networks for the Bend School District in Bend OR, and the Pasco School District in Pasco WA. Combined, the buildout will add 58 miles of fiber and supply 20Gbps to some 47 facilities. We interviewed Fatbeam CEO Greg Green here last year, a conversation that looked at the company's E-Rate strategy.
Speaking of E-Rate, Unite Private Networks has been approved as a fiber vendor for MiCTA, which represents a wide range of educational and government institutions. The E-Rate business was already a big part of UPN's focus, and this will just give them more room to run. UPN has expansion projects underway across its core territories in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.
Alpheus Communications is investing in further fiber expansions in Texas. They are adding new fiber in both Dallas and Houston, and are now building out metro fiber in Austin as well. It's the second phase of an existing project, and will bring another 3,000 buildings to near-net status, with 1,800 of those in Austin.
Meanwhile, Global Capacity has also been busy in Texas. They've lit up a dedicated metro fiber ring in Dallas, connecting their PoPs at 2323 Bryan and 1950 North Stemmons. The company's asset base was multipled significantly to start the year with the close of the deal for MegaPath's wholesale business and its subsequent integration. Yesterday they expanded their MPLS VPN across the entire 9.6M business reach it gives them.