With Zayo busy in Seattle, Level 3 said this morning that it has finished up a network expansion a few hundred miles to the east. The project added a new loop in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene metro areas, bringing their infrastructure in the metro area to 276 on-net buildings and 300 metro route miles in all.
This wasn't originally a Level 3 project of course, as this was a tw telecom market until the acquisition closed last autumn. Spokane was one of the markets tw telecom had earmarked for its accelerated expansion project in November of 2013, and it had just brought its fiber to Coeur d'Alene in 2012.
While for Level 3 this year is pretty much dedicated to the integration of tw telecom in North America while maintaining organic growth, it is the possible sale of Colt over in Europe that could tell us what next year will be like. That's the only asset that could transform their footprint there into something as extensive as they now have in the USA.
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