Amidst a circle of talented celebrities that embody diversity and speed, United Fiber & Data (UFD) today launched a new low-latency, fiber-optic network that will run between New York City and Ashburn, Virginia, along a geographically unique path.
At the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania, executives from UFD announced the new company. They were joined by members of the multi-platinum band +LIVE+, racing legends Michael and Marco Andretti and two-time Emmy award-winning violinist Damien Escobar, who gathered to meet with fans, sign autographs and announce the news of the new venture to members of the media.
Founded in 2009, UFD has completed all necessary planning and has secured rights of way for the first phase of construction. The company will break ground on March 1. The UFD network will deliver services up to 100 Gbps and span more than 300 miles, stretching from New York City to Ashburn, Virginia. It will interconnect with many of the key data center, carrier interconnect and financial trading locations in the New York/New Jersey and northern Virginia areas.
Between those two locations, the network will traverse diverse routes through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, bypassing the traditional I-95 route and instead stretching through the central Pennsylvania cities of Allentown, Reading, Lancaster and York. From there, the network will travel to Frederick, Maryland and into Ashburn, Virginia.
Three members of the multi-platinum band +LIVE+ are major investors in this new network. “The band members are dedicated to their hometown communities in Pennsylvania, and it is their intent to give back to this region that still supports them heavily,” states William Hynes, Founder and member of the Board of Directors for UFD. “+LIVE+ band members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey are honored to be part of this venture, as the new network will provide community access, increase job opportunities and stimulate the local economy.”