A clutch of regional fiber projects to catch up on from around the country:
123NET’s fiber-to-the-home efforts have officially arrived in Michigan’s Allegan County. The first customer is now online in the town of Shelbyville in the area south of Grand Rapids. 123NET is working on a $65M project to build out an open-access footprint connecting 11,000 underserved homes across the county, backed by a ROBIN grant.
eX2 Technology is preparing to kick off a new last mile build up in New England. They will commence construction on a 200-mile fiber network in Grafton County NH with the help of grants of $12M from the NTIA and $5M from the county itself. eX2 had already built out fiber in Bristol on the southern edge of the county in 2021, and this will take them to a lot more territory to the north.
In Arkansas, Ritter Communications has lit up its new fiber in Pine Bluff and White Hall, a metro area about an hour south of Little Rock. They are now offering up to 5Gbps to residential customers there, leveraging a $2.4M investment. Ritter has been steadily building out last mile fiber across its footprint in the region.
Accelecom is preparing to hook up a swath of eastern Kentucky. Backed by $30.6M in funding from the US Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission, they are expanding across 16 counties. The infrastructure will support internet access and other applications to what is one of the most underserved parts of the country.
And Fastwyre says it will be building out to customers in the Louisiana community of Leesville. Leesville is a town of 5,000 that sits about 20 miles from the Texas border, a couple hours from pretty much anywhere recognizable to non-locals. The expansion follows recent launches in Westlake, Oakdale, and DeRidder.
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