Yesterday CenturyLink announced an expansion of its relationship with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They will be providing data networking services to the state's agencies, commissions, councils, bureaus, authorities and boards.
The roots of this relationship derive from Telcove, which Level 3 acquired back in 2006, long before its own acquisition by CenturyLink this past autumn. Level 3 renewed that contract and later oversaw its expansion at several junctures. Today after the merger with CenturyLink, the combined company has some 7,700 route miles of fiber in the state hooking up over 2,200 buildings.
In this case, CenturyLink is bringing in another player to help out in reaching beyond that footprint. They will be tapping Comcast Business's network reach to connect the buildings it doesn't yet reach itself. The deal covers an even wider range of services, and of course reaffirms Pennsylvania as an ongoing significant customer.
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