Lumos Networks is expanding its enterprise focus to include another market along its northwestern border. They have launched the Mid-Ohio Valley as the company's 27th enterprise market, following up on a win there recently with Marietta's Memorial Health System.
The Mid-Ohio Valley straddles the Ohio River in and around the cities of Parkersburg, West Virginia and Marietta, Ohio, and is pretty far off the beaten path for most fiber operators. But Lumos of course already has extensive infrastructure in West Virginia and isn't starting from scratch in the Parkersburg metro area.
Lumos was recently taken private by EQT Infrastructure, a move that may presage a shift in the company's appetite for expansion. Prior to that deal, the company had already invested substantial resources into new infrastructure in southeastern Virginia and was making inroads into North Carolina. But as a public company, there were limits to the financial options at their disposal, and having EQT behind them could make them more aggressive.