Virginia's Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has completed the buildout of 47 miles of fiber serving parts of Salem, Roanoke and Botetourt counties. Set to be turned on before May, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority will provide alternative gigabit speed services to area schools, government agencies and businesses.
Lightower is happy to sell its carrier and businesses either dark or lit fiber services, but the service provider has found that in some customer verticals like financial the trend goes back and forth between both domains.
RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.
Fatbeam has had to develop a two-pronged installation process that incorporates its own resources and third parties' depending on the nature of the build to increase efficiency and control costs.
Fatbeam, a regional dark fiber provider serving the Pacific Northwest, is seeing dark fiber adoption by schools in its serving area increase by 63 percent.
Incumbent carrier FairPoint Communications is changing its tune on dark fiber services, advocating the technology as the changing E-Rate program for schools and opportunities around small cell technologies are too good to pass up.
Level 3 Communications did not follow the rest of the wholesale provider industry's wireless tower backhaul blitz, but the service provider does see small cells as one of several opportunities for its dark fiber business.
Lumos has set some ambitious goals for its fiber roll out in its Virginia market, adding more on-net buildings to its fiber network and conducting 825-mile fiber network expansion – two milestones that were enabled by accelerating its fiber installation process.
Southern Telecom is on the network expansion trail again, announcing an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Ga.
Shentel continues to find gold in selling wholesale fiber services to enterprise and carrier customers in its serving area, a trend that continued into the fourth quarter as total sales for the year rose 22 percent to $22 million.