Here's a quick list of other news from this week that is worth a quick look:
Lightower will be taking aim at some federal revenues going forward. They have been awarded a GSA Multiple Award Schedule 70 contract, putting them on the pre-approved list of companies able to bid for a range of services from fiber up through disaster recovery. The company's growing fiber presence in the Mid-Atlantic markets of DC, Virginia, and Maryland will serve them well along those lines.
TelePacific has completed the planned acquisition of DSCI. The deal takes a regional CLEC focused on California, Nevada, and Texas and transforms it into a national UC and managed IT provider. Now we will get to see just what they plan to do with that national reach. Will they follow up with additional acquisitions that add assets and/or customers in markets like the northeast and midwest?
Viawest will be adding another data center to its portfolio soon. They are about to raise the curtain on their new 148,000 square foot facility in Plano, Texas. It will be their ninth data center in Texas, and will add some 50% to their footprint in the state.
And on the jobs front, CenturyLink has apparently announced plans for some layoffs. They'll be cutting more than 7-8% of employees from their rolls, which translates to more than 3000 of their current workforce of 43,000. They'll be taking that step to, surprise surprise, cut costs. The layoff should be complete by December 16, just in time for Christmas.