Lightower Fiber Networks is expanding its high-performance fiber network within ‘The Tarheel’ state. Adding over 365 fiber route miles, Lightower’s fiber build in North Carolina will serve thousands of organizations located in downtown Raleigh and Charlotte, including Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and governments.

The expansion of 120 miles to Lightower’s existing network in Raleigh, along with 90 miles of fiber in Charlotte is scheduled for completion this month. The two markets will have complete access to the nc1entire Lightower Network, including 33,000+ route miles of fiber providing access to 22,000+ service locations across 17 states.

“Lightower is fully committed to increasing the reach of the Lightower Network, which includes continuing to invest in markets where we see demand for our high performance networking solutions,” explained Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “Lightower’s expansion in Raleigh, and entrance into the Charlotte market, are perfect examples of our aggressive strategy to bring our unique, all-fiber offerings to the organizations that require them. Enterprise, hi-tech, government, education, health care – North Carolina is rich with organizations that need big bandwidth solutions, so Lightower will continue to invest in these markets.”

Lightower’s complete suite of all-fiber solutions is available to customers in North Carolina including:

  • Ethernet service from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps
  • Wavelength service from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps
  • Dedicated Internet access to 10 Gbps
  • Dark fiber
  • Managed private optical networks
  • Data center & cloud connectivity
  • Ultra-low latency solutions
  • Video transport solutions
  • Wireless backhaul and small cell solutions


North Carolina Fun facts:

  • North Carolina’s diverse economy is composed of various industries including engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance
  • The 10th most populous state in U.S.
  • State Flower – Flowering dogwood
  • State Bird – Cardinal
  • 2 State mottos – “Tar Heel”, which comes from the state’s expansive pine forests. Along with  “First in Flight”, which honors the Wright Brothers, who flew their first plane in Kitty Hawk, NC.


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