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FiberLight snags 20-year dark fiber agreement with Univ. of Virginia

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FiberLight has won a 20-year contract to provide its dark fiber services to The University of Virginia, connecting the main university data center to Northern Virginia.

This is a big win for FiberLight as it will leverage the 46-mile direct underground fiber network it began building in 2010 with a connection from Culpeper, Va., to Charlottesville.

It also provides a direct connection to the provider's multi-ringed 500-plus mile network linking Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and greater Baltimore.

Besides the high fiber count, the network route was also designed to reduce latency. It can achieve this via crossover pieces that it said, when introducing the network in 2010, "will shorten the distance and overall length of network segments to connect back to D.C."

While the University of Virginia may be one of its first customers on the route, having the fiber in place means it could attract other area businesses and wireless operators that are looking for dark fiber and other solutions such as Ethernet and wavelength services.

Outside of Virginia, FiberLight is in the process of completing new fiber buildouts in Baltimore, Miami, and Texas' desirable DASH (Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston) market.

For more:
- see the release

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