FTS Fiber Takes Aim at Maryland’s Kent County

June 14th, 2016 by · 1 Comment

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.

ftsfiber-kent-countyKent 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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  • davidrohde says:

    Actually pretty significant. The county seat of Chestertown MD is a lovely town. Those of us in the know here in the Washington/Baltimore region know that you get there by turning north after the Bay Bridge rather than south with everyone else heading to Ocean City. (Boy I hope I didn’t ruin the secret just now!) Point is that this shows the demand for direct fiber and potentially gigabit speeds in increasingly ubiquity around the country. I think the community in question here is big and growing enough to support, indeed ultimately demand, this buildout.

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