Lightower Fiber Networks, fiber optic network, optical transport, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, high performance network, big bandwidth, expansion, all fiber, Rob Shanahan, connectivity, enterprise, education, government, military, healthcare, data center connectivity, cloud computing, content distributionAs part of its on-going expansion strategy, Lightower today announced a major 1,500-mile expansion of its all-fiber, high-performance network throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro region.

In May 2012, Lightower began constructing over 1,100 route miles of high fiber-count network blanketing most of Virginia and into North Carolina. Additionally, Lightower is announcing the addition of almost 400 route miles in the Washington, D.C. metro region, including parts of northern Virginia and southern Maryland. Combining this new network with the existing network in the area, Lightower enhances its position as a major service provider in the region.

The large-scale expansion of Lightower’s network in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina addresses the surging demand in the region for high-performance networking solutions from area enterprises, educational institutions, as well as government and military agencies. The expansion also adds all-fiber connectivity to area data centers, including those in Ashburn, Culpepper, Richmond and Washington, D.C., that offer critical connectivity points for government applications, cloud and content distribution and area technology companies. Customers in the expansion areas gain access to all of Lightower’s existing 20,000+ miles of network and 7,500+ service locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Chicago area.

“This expansion dramatically increases the number of customers Lightower can serve in the Washington, D.C. metro and Virginia markets,” stated Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “Lightower will continue to aggressively invest and expand in this region, all in response to the tremendous demand we are seeing here. Our high-performance networking solutions power some of the largest companies and most demanding applications in the world, and now we are bringing more of this networking power to Washington.”

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