Friday Bytes: FirstLight, Windstream, Flexential, Segra

November 13th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Some metro and regional news, one from New England, the other from the Southeast.

FirstLight has picked up a high profile customer in the education vertical. Dartmouth has picked FirstLight's dark fiber to hook up six buildings on its campus in Hanover, New Hampshire. The relationship will enable the Ivy League institution's researchers to also leverage FirstLight's low-latency on-ramps to the AWS cloud.

Windstream Wholesale continued to add breadth and depth to its infrastructure by adding a new southeastern PoP. They have established a Network Hub presence within Digital Realty's 250 Williams St. facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The expansion was driven by the needs of a Tier 1 content provider between there and another Digital Realty location that Windstream expanded to recently in Richardson, Texas.

Speaking of Atlanta, Flexential is expanding its footprint in the Georgia metropolis. They plan to add 3MW of power and 20,000 square feet of space in their Alpharetta data center. The expansion is being driven by demand from current and anticipated business demand, with the company referencing enterprise customers like the Delta Community Credit Union, Floyd Medical Center, Barnes Healthcare Services, and Nolan Transportation Group.

And Segra is teaming up with the non-profit organization US Ignite for a smart city initiative. The two have selected Greensboro, North Carolina to become a 'Smart Gigabit Community' as established by the NSF. Segra is providing a 3-year grant to empower a 10-member steering committee in the city that will plan out the initiative and, if all goes well, boost innovation as well as bandwidth.

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