Three bits of mid-week news worth noting:
Telia Carrier has a new IP transit customer in the US. Cable ONE is leveraging the Swedish-based global network provider's IP backbone to support its 21-state footprint. They are also preparing to add 100G wavelengths from Telia to further fill out its network. Telia's backbone has been consistently near the top of DYN's Baker's Dozen ratings these days, though I didn't see one of those produced yet for 2017.
Alabama is going to get a significant new data center. DC BLOX has bought a 27-acre location in downtown Birmingham, a former Trinity Steel site. They expect to break ground on the project next month, with phase 1 to consist of 31,000 square feet and 5MW of power by early next year, with as much as 200,000 square feet of total space possible should things go well. DC BLOX operates facilities in the nearby markets of Atlanta, Huntsville, and Chattanooga.
And Webair has picked up some potential state government business this week. The New York State Office of General Services has awarded the company an umbrella contract that will let them sell IT and cloud services to the agencies and organizations covered by OGS. WebAir operates a data center on Long Island, and can bring a variety of cloud-related connectivity and infrastructure capabilities to the table.