Lumos has unveiled plans for a $100M investment into middle and last mile fiber in the Carolinas. More specifically, they have big buildout plans in South Carolina’s Richland and Lexington Counties, which bracket the Columbia metro area.
Lumos will be building nearly 1,200 route miles of fiber. In Richland County they will tap into underserved portions of Columbia, Forest Acres, and Arcadia Lakes. In Lexington County, they will reach West Columbia, Lexington, Cayce, Irmo, and Springdale. Engineering work will begin this summer, and construction will start soon after that.
Lumos is not a stranger to the region of course. The brand was reborn after EQT sold Segra to Cox Communications, leaving the more residential and small business arms of Lumos and NorthState independent and still under the EQT umbrella. EQT clearly has plans to use Lumos as a FTTx platform in today’s market, and $100M is a pretty hefty investment to make in the Columbia region.
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