Here's a quick look at some news to catch up on from the metro:
Windstream has expanded its metro fiber footprint in Charlotte, North Carolina. Taking aim at mid-market business and enterprise opportunities, they have brought more data center and commercial buildings on-net. It's the first market in what looks like a series to get some metro fiber attention from Windstream, with Nashville and Richmond mentioned as next steps.
In Texas, Phonoscope LIGHTWAVE and Ciena have teamed up for a win in the education vertical. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District is investing in a 100G network built off of Phonoscope LIGHTWAVE's dark fiber and managed services and Ciena's packet-optical gear and software. The Houston-area school system is the third largest in Texas, with 114,000 students and 14,000 staff across 100 sites.
NexGen Networks has added a PoP down in southern Florida. They have expanded into the NAP of the Americas, the former Terremark facility that now anchors Verizon's footprint in Miami. The facility has long been a key hub, especially for networks looking for connectivity between North and South America, and of course the Caribbean.
And late last week, Unite Private Networks announced further progress in its invasion of Iowa. The Des Moines Internation Airport has now tapped the regional builder and operator for high speed Ethernet connectivity. With a deep footprint to the west in Nebraska, UPN has been adding fiber across Iowa steadily since announcing a 700 route mile expansion in October of 2014.