Friday is here, and so is a quick roundup of other news from around the US this week that is worth checking before you go:
The western regional fiber operator Integra has picked up a government contract in the southwest. The state of Arizona has awarded a procurement contract to both Integra Business and Electric Lightwave under which they can supply a variety of services to agencies and educational institutions across the state. That's mostly in the Phoenix metro area of course, although they have some reach in Tucson as well.
Comcast Business announced a multisite metro Ethernet deal with Georgia's Cobb County, which encompasses a swath of the suburbs to the north and west of Atlanta. They're providing a 34-site network for the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department. That brings both new VoIP connectivity to various offices and WiFi access at various venues and locations. They had been on 128kbps DSL lines... remember those? Even the 8Mbps EVPL over HFC in this deal seems like it could use a boost, though the data center connection is 100Mbps of course.
WANRack has polished off a private fiber WAN for the education vertical out in Wyoming. They've provided a network for Converse County Schools in the town of Douglas, offering the school dedicated connectivity and control over their own infrastructure. WANRack finished a similar education-focused network in Trenton, Missouri last year, and specializes in such E-Rate projects.
Faction says it is powering the Chicago Sun-Times news platform. Faction only sells through the channel, and in this case through MNJ Technologies. MNJ helped the newspaper transition its content management system into Faction's IaaS cloud offering, which in Chicago operates out of Altered Scale's 601 W Polk data center.
And Telx has a new IX tenant out in San Francisco. AMS-IX has expanded its Bay Area footprint into their SFR1 data center there, giving it three nodes around the metro area there. The Bay Area is one of three US footholds established by Dutch-based AMS-IX, the others being in Chicago and New York.