Ok, that was a bad literary pun, let's get that out of the way right now. I just couldn't help myself. But Lightower announced an expansion of its network in New York City today, adding a new direct route between New Jersey and Brooklyn.
It's a bypass route across Staten Island over to Long Island that avoids Manhattan entirely. Along with other fiber in Lightower's inventory, this means they can now offer a route between New England and the Mid-Atlantic that bypasses the usual hubs in downtown Manhattan to the east. They'll also be able to offer more diverse connectivity between the landing stations out on Long Island and their cousins on the Jersey Shore. Perhaps they'll take the opportunity to make a more detailed public network map so we can visualize it better (hint hint).
Lightower has been busy this past year integrating and filling out the assets of Fibertech. Those assets both added density in their northeastern and mid-Atlantic markets and filled in much of the gap between there and Chicago. After nine acquisitions, the company will probably soon be ready to take on its tenth. Lumos Networks has always looked like a good fit, adding complementary footprints in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as new depth in Virginia. The sticking point there has always been thought to be the legacy pieces of Lumos, which perhaps not coincidentally Lumos is currently looking to find an alternative home for.
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