Here's a quick look at three bits of news from the metro fiber side of things:
Out on the prairie, Unite Private Networks continues to rack up deals in Nebraska. Earlier this week they announced a deal with National Research Corporation, a healthcare research firm based in Lincoln, doubling its internet bandwidth. UPN has been very active in the Nebraska enterprise segment across multiple verticals, while across the river in Iowa they are busy replicating the same model with the buildout of a new regional and metro footprint.
Hudson Fiber is finding that the lessons learned supplying low latency connectivity in the financial vertical are having applications elsewhere, such as healthcare. New York's Hospital for Special Surgery has tapped the company for a custom network hooking up multiple facilities, from the doctor's offices to labs, clinics, and the big hospital itself. With such a vast amount of time and security-sensitive data to process and distribute, these sorts of networks have become one of the model problems for service providers to solve.
And also on the east coast, RCN Business has brought another channel partner to the table. Nice Touch Communications has signed on to the company's agent program and will be selling RCN Business' voice and data across five markets. RCN Business remodeled its channel programs last summer, and sees them as a key piece of the growth puzzle going forward.