Lightower has made a key addition to its network infrastructure along the Maryland-Virginia border. They've added a new river crossing over the Potomac, adding a diverse route to Ashburn from the north that doesn't pass through Washington DC.
The route starts in Rockville, Maryland, heads west and crosses the river to the northwest of Ashburn before making its way down into the maze of data centers in Loudoun County. Much of Ashburn's connectivity to the northeast goes through a few crossings directly into DC itself. This diverse route also takes advantage of Lightower's existing Transcom route that parallels the usual I95 corridor from Rockville up into northern New Jersey, creating a fully diverse option all the way from NYC to Ashburn.
This seems to be the completion of a project that has been a long time in coming. Back in 2012 Sidera announced a deal with RagingWire to do pretty much the same thing. Sidera was bought by Lightower a year later, but we never heard much of a followup -- until now. The new crossing will help with Lightower's efforts on the federal contract front.
Lightower is also busy these days building out into North Carolina.