This morning, Windstream announced an expansion of its footprint in the Richmond, Virginia metro area. It's part of a multi-city campaign aimed at bringing more of both data centers and enterprises on-net and thus expanding the company's overall prospects in both its wholesale and business markets.
Targets for expanded fiber reach in the Virginia capitol region include Short Pump, Glen Allen, West Creek Parkway, Midlothian and Mechanicsville. Meanwhile, the company is also adding fixed wireless services in the area. Windstream's already pretty extensive presence in Richmond derives largely from its acquisitions in years past, with both KDL and PAETEC (through Intellifiber) having assets there.
Investing in more fiber beyond its ILEC footprint is another example of Windstream's more aggressive stance on infrastructure of late. The company says it has fiber expansions planned for Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville.
With the new Telefonica/BRUSA landing station in Virginia beach and a variety of new builds and expansions from the likes of Lumos Networks, SummitIG, and now Windstream, the bandwidth markets of the rest of Virginia are getting a bit more of the spotlight than usual.