Following recent network buildouts in Charlottesville, Va. and Washington, D.C., FiberLight is taking its backhoe to Baltimore, Md. to build a new $20 million 104-mile optical network.
To kick off the new network build, which will augment its existing 123-mile Baltimore network and 299-mile Virginia and D.C. networks, the service provider held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week at Baltimore Technology Park.
Upon completion, the extended network optical backbone will be able to address growing bandwidth needs in Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge and Greenbelt, while providing greater diversity to the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Va. region.
Given the growth of cities outside of Baltimore, Md. Kevin Coyne, FiberLight's President and COO, said that "FiberLight recognizes the need for other businesses to have better access to the cloud, secure storage area networks and data centers such as Baltimore Technology Park."
In addition to giving businesses access to cloud services, Patrick Mitchell, President and CEO of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, believes that the network extension could serve as a middle mile connection point for the state's rural service providers
"You can build networks but you still have to have a way to connect; having members like FiberLight gives us a way to get broadband out to the rural areas of Maryland for the purposes of telecom-health (initiatives) and our last mile providers," Mitchell said in a release.
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