Three organic and one inorganic bits of expansion news on the metro and regional front:
Bluebird Network is expanding its wireless backhaul network. The Missouri-based network operator is building out fiber to 500 additional towers during 2021 to support ongoing 5G preparation efforts by the major wireless carriers. The 500 towers are spread across dozens of markets in the five Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinoi, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Hunter Communications has picked up some RDOF funds in the FCC’s phase 1 auction. The network operator has been awarded $19.2M to deploy fiber to underserved destinations in rural Oregon and northern California, which will bring 1Gbps connections to some 5771 homes and businesses in the region. We had Hunter CEO Michael Wynschenk here for a spotlight just a few months ago
Cologix is putting some significant resources to work out in Columbus, Ohio. The data center operator has kicked off the buildout of COL4, which will feature 40MW of capacity and expand their footprint to 70MW total in Columbus so far out of a planned 200MW in the next few years. They also added direct interconnectivity to Google Cloud at COL2 and COL3, with Google Cloud itself adding more compute capacity at COL3.
And also out in the Midwest, Horizon has made an interesting inorganic purchase. The Ohio based carrier is buying Infinity Fiber, LLC, which operates a 450 route mile network based in Indiana. The deal will give Horizon unique fiber routes between 350 E. Cermak in Chicago to South Bend and Indianapolis, while boosting Horizon’s presence in Indianapolis and Bloomington.
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