Windstream announced the availability of five new fiber routes on its expanding wholesale footprint yesterday at ITW. The new routes derive from the acquisition earlier this year of EarthLink, which itself bought Deltacom's southern footprint a few years prior.
Included are a direct Dallas-Atlanta route, a Miami-Atlanta route that runs along Florida's Gulf Coast, the beach route from Raleigh to Savannah, a Gulf Coast route from Houston to Gulfport, and an Appalachain route between Memphis and Charlotte. These routes help add depth and flexibility to Windstream's reach in the southeastern US. Windstream has been also adding routes out to the west coast over the last year via dark fiber IRUs.
Of course Windstream spun off the actual ownership of its non-EarthLink routes to what is now Uniti Group via a triple-net lease. It remains to be seen if they do a followup deal or something similar with these assets they picked up in the EarthLink deal.