With two recent inorganic expansions under its belt, FirstLight is following up with an expansion of a more organic variety. The northeastern provider is building its way into the MidAtlantic region with a major project in eastern Pennsylvania.
FirstLight said yesterday that it plans to add 1,000 route miles of fiber southward from its deep network throughout the ‘Southern Tier’ of New York in markets like Binghamton and Elmira. The new infrastructure will connect Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, Harrisburg, Reading, and all the way down into Lancaster. FirstLight had already dipped into Pennsylvania a little bit a long the border, and the region’s secondary and tertiary markets have a lot of features in common with the rest of FirstLight’s infrastructure.
The buildout is being lead by FirstLight’s Construction Services team, which they acquired in the Todd Cable Construction deal last summer. Also helping out is Pennsylvania OSP distributor Comstar Supply. And the driving force behind the deal is demand from a wireless carrier for 5G infrastructure in the region.
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