Zayo has another new longhaul route in the works in the state of Oregon. With an anchor tenant in tow that will partially fund the construction of the new fiber route, Zayo will be adding 250 route miles of fiber between Portland and Umatilla.
The route will pass through the Hood River valley, which feeds into the Columbia river along the border with Washington to the north. It fills a gap in Zayo's dark fiber network in the region, as according to their network map they are already working on a buildout from Umatilla north through Kennewick. The infrastructure will be fully underground and supported by five ILA sites.
Zayo has been aggressive in looking for opportunities to organically expand its longhaul dark fiber routes, seeking out anchor customers on a route-by-route basis. This region as a whole is a popular one for data centers built by the content industry, and it's not a stretch to guess that one of the big content players is their anchor tenant in this case. Amazon in particular has infrastructure in Umatilla itself, for example, and one of Google's locations is in The Dalles which lies along the same route as well.