We've had a bit of fiber consolidation out in the Midwest. Independents Fiber Network has announced the purchase of assets from Smart Connect Fiber Incorporated in southwestern Ohio.
The deal adds 205 route miles and 3412 fiber miles to Independents Fiber Network's regional fiber network. The added metro and regional network is mostly in Butler and Warren counties, with extensions into Montgomery, Hamilton, and Clinton counties. For the uninitiated, that means the area between and connecting to the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati.
Independents Fiber Network is owned by CNI, which is another of those regional providers formed by a coalition of rural ILECs a couple decades ago to help build out regional connectivity. Independents is an INDATEL member, and like its neighbors at Intelligent Fiber Networks and Bluebird Network, it has been steadily expanding its reach via mostly organic means for many years.