Taking advantage of the expansion of the federal E-Rate program into the world of dark fiber, Zayo revealed a new win yesterday in the education vertical. The Office of Education for a county in Northern California has selected their infrastructure to hook up school districts across a wide swth of geography.
The network will span 183 miles of dark fiber while hooking up 28 school districts. About 173 miles of that fiber is already in place, in part by leveraging a metro fiber buildout that Zayo announced back in the spring of 2014 that put some 550 route miles in place across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Zayo didn't specify which county it was they had won the contract with, which has been a trend in their press releases of late. But there aren't that many school districts in or around the Bay area that have at least 28 school districts. Santa Clara County has 31 and Sonoma County has 40, but I'm going to go with Santa Clara since that's where Zayo has the fiber depth for 173 route miles of existing fiber and also the only one with the population to support the 250K students and educators mentioned.