Planters Telephone Cooperative subsidiary connects to Allied Fiber’s Southeast Route to expand its service offerings and presence with consumers and businesses in Georgia
Jacksonville, FL – November 20, 2015 –Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, today announced it has signed a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement with Planters Communications, LLC (Planters Communications), a subsidiary of Planters Telephone Cooperative a Georgia Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier. The agreement between the two companies will allow Planters Communications to gain access to dark fiber and strategic colocation space at five Allied Fiber owned and operated facilities in Georgia – Hahira, Warner Robins, Ashburn, Barnesville and Fargo.
By utilizing the Allied Fiber system Planters Communications is establishing an additional fiber route that traverses the southeast region of Georgia through the cities of Atlanta and Macon, and the town of Jacksonville, Florida. The nearly 800-mile network, further supports Planters Communication’s ongoing initiative to provide Ethernet backhaul, IP Transport services and interconnection access to carrier networks across the Southeast.
By connecting at various points along Allied Fiber’s Southeast Route, Planters Communications can provide direct and diverse physical layer access to its customers located between Atlanta and Jacksonville, and expand the scope of service offerings the company and its telecommunications partners can offer to consumers and businesses in this region of the state.
“Allied Fiber is the ideal partner to help us better serve our customers throughout the Southeast and collaborate more effectively with our carrier network partners,” said Stephen Milner, CEO and General Manager, Planters Communications. “We are thrilled at the prospects of what our two companies can accomplish by working together to bring the vast economic benefits of high speed Internet access to even more communities.”
“This announcement highlights a key component of the Allied Fiber strategy to provide a neutral colocation and dark fiber thoroughfare for network providers throughout the United States,” said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “We look forward to seeing the benefits of our relationship with Planters Communications materialize as they connect to our Southeast Route for its exact intended purpose of creating and facilitating economic growth through network infrastructure investment and development.”
About Allied Fiber
Allied Fiber is the first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure provider in the United States with a national plan. Allied Fiber provides next generation long haul and short haul fiber optic solutions with integrated neutral colocation services for domestic and global network operators.
Allied Fiber is on track to meet the demands for access to neutral colocation and dark fiber services throughout the continental United States as it builds a ring around the country connecting the submarine cable landing regions and facilitating open-access interconnection nationally.
About Planters Communications, LLC
Planters Communications, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Planters Telephone Cooperative, a Georgia Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier. It provides commercial, residence, anchor institution and enterprise broadband and/or voice services in various parts of Southeast Georgia, also providing IP Transport services for itself and other telecommunications carriers to two of the largest peering points in the United States. Additionally, Planters Communications has partnered with other telecommunications entities to provide Ethernet back haul services to some of the largest CMRS carriers.
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