The dark fiber startup USA FIBER announced plans for a new fiber route this morning that will bypass Washington DC between Ashburn and various locations in Maryland. The route will cross the Potomac via a unique route, presumably to the north and west of the nation's capitol, but they aren't yet saying exactly where.
It's not a totally new idea of course, as Sidera did something similar a few years ago before the Lightower deal. The rights of way USA FIBER is using are as yet undisclosed, but of course there are only so many possibilities. Destinations along the route will include the Max GigAPop as well as various federal agencies, both civilian and military.
The plans follow closely on USA FIBER initial 7 mile, 864-count ring in and around Ashburn, and give us a better idea of what the company has in mind: unique routes, lower latency, new fiber, and a fresh alternative in the DC metro area.