Fibertech gets grant to expand fiber network into rural areas

Fibertech, which is in the process of being acquired by Lightower Fiber Networks, has just been awarded a $1 million grant from the state of Delaware to expand its own network in the state while serving as an onramp to increase broadband services in rural areas.

Fibertech has built out a 300-mile fiber network throughout Delaware that reaches from Wilmington through Dover, Georgetown and into Millsboro. Through this grant, the service provider will build out about 18 miles of network to Seaford in the west and nearly 18 miles of new network to Lewes in the east.

Each of these new network segments will connect in Georgetown and offer connectivity to Fibertech's existing network infrastructure running through Kent and New Castle counties, with further connectivity to Philadelphia, New Jersey and Baltimore.

The service provider's presence in the Delaware market has given local businesses a new choice of dark fiber and optical broadband services besides local incumbent telco Verizon. It offers a mix of DWDM, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint Ethernet services that scale from 10 to 100 Gbps, as well as colocation services.

Being able to connect into rural markets with an open access network infrastructure means that it could potentially help a mix of smaller and competitive providers bring services to a larger group of residential and business customers that may have been left behind by the incumbent provider.

For more:
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