Lightower bolsters Greater Baltimore presence with 270-mile network extension

Lightower Fiber Networks is continuing its aggressive network expansion strategy by hatching plans to expand its fiber in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas with 270 additional miles.

When this expansion is completed, the service provider will bring fiber to a mix of commercial buildings, data centers, healthcare facilities, educational facilities and government locations.     

Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower, said in a release that the "trick is getting the fiber network to where the customers need it."

This latest expansion includes new fiber throughout downtown Baltimore and in the Baltimore-Washington corridor that runs between each of these major East Coast cities. It will also add more fiber capacity to its existing markets in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia locations where the company just recently completed network expansions from its acquisition of Sidera.

The network extension will bring fiber facilities to seven areas in Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and the I-270 biotech and life sciences corridor.

By purchasing Sidera, Lightower got an expanded network in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro region. Lightower also completed a 1,500-route mile network extension of its fiber network that Sidera began building in May 2012.

Fiber network expansion continues to be a major theme at Lightower. Outside of Greater Baltimore and D.C., the service provider completed the buildout of fiber rings throughout downtown Chicago and the surrounding communities of Oak Brook, Elk Grove and Franklin Park in December.

For more:
- see the release

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