Three regional communications companies have teamed up to put some new fiber in the ground up in Michigan. 123NET, DayStarr Communications, and Peninsula Fiber Network have plans to build a regional intercity link between the the markets of Southfield and Lansing.
The joint build will also bring fiber to the communities of Okemos, Williamstown, Webberville, Fowlerville, Howell, and Brighton, among others. That suggests it will generally follow I-96 or perhaps the older parallel route along Grand River Ave. The project will take some 18 months, and construction is already underway.
It’s an interesting pairing. Daystarr is more of a local provider in communities along the way focusing on residential and SMB. 123NET focuses on infrastructure more generally across lower Michigan to a mix of smaller and larger enterprise customers. And PFN is more of a regional carriers carrier and a member of Indatel. They overlap but they don’t compete directly so much, but will each benefit from the new fiber route. There very well may be other routes where they find similar synergies if this one goes well.
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