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Lightower Wraps Major D.C. Fiber Expansion

By Craig Galbraith
April 15, 2014 - News

Network-services provider Lightower Fiber Networks has completed its 400-mile, all-fiber expansion in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Lightower says the network expansion delivers increased density between key cities, commercial centers and data centers in the region. The build-out is in direct response to the tremendous demand in the region for high performance bandwidth, driven by the growth across industries like enterprises, educational institutions, government, wireless, social media and cloud services. 

“D.C. is home to world-renowned universities, health care organizations, multinational organizations, law firms, the federal government, military agencies and so much more," said Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “With traffic volumes growing so quickly in the D.C. metro area, we invested heavily here in order to connect more locations and ensure that we are prepared to serve the growth that we are seeing. This is an aggressive build that delivers on the need for more high performance bandwidth, and comes at a time when organizations rely on networks more than ever before to connect with the world and participate in it."

Lightower’s expansion in the D.C. metro area includes not only the District, but also Montgomery Co., Md.; Arlington and Manassas, Va.; and Culpepper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William and Loudon Counties, Va.

The company's suite of all-fiber solutions available to customers includes Ethernet services from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps; wavelength service from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps; dedicated Internet access to 10 Gbps; data Center and cloud connectivity solutions; video transport solutions; managed private optical networks; wireless backhaul solutions; all-fiber access to Lightower’s 7,500+ service locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Chicago Metro; and all-fiber access to 130 data centers, 40+ financial exchanges, 115+ carrier hotels and central offices, and 18 Lightower colocation facilities. 

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