Fiber will soon be coming to a piece of Maryland that has rarely gotten the attention of the market. FTS Fiber, a builder and operator of dark fiber infrastructure that I haven't run into until now, revealed plans yesterday to begin construction of a significant fiber build in rural Kent Count, Maryland.
Kent County lies on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, across from Baltimore, just a couple dozen miles off of the I-95 corridor and yet far off the beaten track when it comes to infrastructure. FTS Fiber will be building out 110 miles of fiber as it hooks up some 54 sites around the county and lays the ground work for future growth. The infrastructure will be connected to the company's broader ring connecting the eastern shore with Virginia Beach and the DC and Baltimore metro areas.
FTS Fiber is working with the county and with ThinkBig Networks, an ISP that plans to use the infrastructure to offer gigabit connections. Subcontractors brought in by Whiting-Turner will be doing the actual digging and such, with work continuing through mid-to-late 2017.
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