EarthLink Completes Broadband Project

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EarthLink has completed the final phase of its broadband project, which provides connectivity to previously underserved communities in eastern Tennessee.

The conclusion of the Eastern Tennessee Middle Mile Fiber Broadband Project adds more than 500 miles of fiber optic broadband network to the eastern part of the state, the company said, which was funded by $9.4 million in federal stimulus.

EarthLink deployed a total of 15 Dense Wave Division Multiplexing-capable Points of Presence, which can provide DWDM service up to 10 Gigabits, as well as metro service in Nashville and Memphis.

With the new network in place, EarthLink said it can offer its full IT and communication service to businesses and institutions in these previously underserved areas. In addition, the company will provide broadband interconnection to other carriers at speeds up to 10 Gbps.

In March 2011, the first phase of the network completion project included a 343-mile overbuild of an existing diverse fiber optic route from Nashville to Knoxville, as well as a new route from Knoxville to Chattanooga.

Phase two consisted of deploying a route from Knoxville to Bristol in June 2011.

The final phase involved five network interconnection points: Cookeville, Oak Ridge, Cleveland, Sweetwater and Morristown..

“For this traditionally underserved region of Tennessee, EarthLink’s new broadband network will enable businesses and community organizations such as medical providers and schools to better serve their constituencies," said Jim O’Brien, EarthLink executive vice president of infrastructure engineering and operations.

“Businesses of all sizes, as well as carrier and last mile service providers, will benefit from improved access with broadband speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second," he added. "We hope that access to this high-capacity network can serve as an engine for economic growth in the region."

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