Lightower has itself an energy utility as an anchor customer for a new organic buildout in the state of Delaware. The Delaware Electric Cooperative has selected the fiber builder and operator to build a 250 mile fiber network hooking up 28 sites around the state, including offices, control centers, and substations.
Lightower's presence in Delaware has been fairly minimal beyond the usual I-95 stop in Wilmington until now. For that matter, few carriers of any size have ever given the rest of the state much fiber attention over the years, and that means there are infrastructure-starved businesses out there to be one. Lightower's buildout for DEC will require the construction of 180 miles of new network that will also open up new such enterprise markets for the company.
Lightower's entry into the Mid-Atlantic region came with the purchase of Sidera a few years ago, and was augmented in a few markets by last year's acquisition of Fibertech. With buildouts in Virginia and Maryland, the company has been steadily filling in the gaps in their footprint.
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