Four regional buildout and expansion projects in the Midwest and Southeast worth noting:
Bluebird Network has hooked up the University of Central Missouri, whose main campus is in Warrensburg, about 50 miles southeast of Kansas City. As the university’s primary ISP, the Missouri-based network operator was able to connect not just the main campus but various satellite locations via fiber. Bluebird’s regional network spans 11,000+ route miles in the Midwest.
Hurricane Electric has further expanded its reach out in the Great Plains. The IPv6-native backbone has added a PoP at SDN Communications’ data center in Sioux Falls. The 25,000 square foot facility was originally built to back up SDN Communications’ state-wide fiber network in case of emergency. It’s HE’s first PoP in the state of South Dakota, and 26th in the broader Midwest so far.
LiveOak Fiber is preparing to officially open FTTH networks in Glynn County GA and Okaloosa County FL. The former sits along the Atlantic coast south of Savannah, and the latter on Florida’s panhandle east of Pensacola. They are preparing a ribbon cutting ceremony in each location later this month. Ground was first broken in Shalimar FL a few months ago.
And Nokia’s IP core will be getting a workout in eastern Tennessee. Knoxville Utilities Board has tapped LightSeeed Technologies to deploy Nokia’s tech to support a rollout of XGS-PON to its half million or so municipa customers. The energy utility announced just over a year ago its plans for FTTH, and Nokia’s 7750SR routers are part of the first phase of core and middle mile fiber along KUB’s electrical lines.
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