US Signal today announced its plan for a significant network expansion, adding several new on-off-ramps in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
"By adding more access points to increase our extensive network reach and also providing multiple network access options including fiber, copper, and switched Ethernet, US Signal continues to deliver high quality bandwidth and managed services where customers demand it," said Trevor Bidle, vice president of engineering.
Increasing market density is critical, the company said, to its strategy to connect growing small- and medium-size markets to larger cities. The expansion includes adding network access in Minneapolis; Iowa City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Hampton, Iowa; Eau Claire and Wausau, Wisc.
US Signal says the expansion will increase its footprint to more than 9,000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 1,100 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 24 markets connecting regions in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri. The US Signal network provides on-off ramps comprised of major carrier hotel locations, incumbent telephone company central offices and other lit buildings.