Update from the Trenches
Ashburn, VA, July 21, 2020 – Dark Fiber and Infrastructure, LLC (“DF&I” or the “Company”), a wholesale provider of dark fiber and conduit networks to carriers and enterprise customers, today announced it has completed construction of another 16 miles of hyperscale network infrastructure in Maryland. This expansion follows DF&I’s recent February announcement of the completion of construction efforts in Northern Virginia, connecting assets in Ashburn’s “Data Center Alley” to DF&I’s proprietary Potomac River Crossing. The Company also previously said that it would begin utilizing its Resource Sharing Agreement with the State of Maryland to begin aggressively moving east from the Potomac River Crossing further into Montgomery County in order to facilitate access between Northern Virginia dark fiber network operators to network operators and customers in Maryland.
Having reached the intersection of Democracy Boulevard and Seven Locks Road in Potomac, Maryland, DF&I is now able to provide dedicated conduit and dark fiber connectivity between Maryland and Ashburn, and also interconnect with nearly every carrier and fiber network serving the region today. With achievement of this milestone, the security, diversity, and latency improvements enabled by the new route are now available to the vast majority of fiber-connected businesses in the region. “It is always satisfying to meet and exceed expectations, but it is especially exciting to have been able to accomplish further expansion in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on businesses here and around the world,” said Chris Pancione, President of Field Services at DF&I. “Across the board, everyone has stepped up and powered through, from our construction team at Down Under Construction to our engineering team at Utilligen, and especially our representatives at the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. I think it’s clear that the world is changing in front of our eyes and that the type of networks being built by DF&I are no longer a nice to have, but an absolute requirement.”
Over the next two weeks, DF&I and Montgomery County will complete an interconnection between DF&I and the County’s ultraMontgomery network to enable government and education institutions to reach Ashburn data centers. “DF&I’s low latency, shortest distance route to Ashburn data centers will enable Montgomery County to access competitive broadband and cloud-based service at lower costs and with increased security and reliability,” said Gail M. Roper, Montgomery County Chief Information Officer. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich also expressed his support for the DF&I fiber expansion, commenting, “Completion of the interconnection between DF&I and ultraMontgomery and the continued expansion of DF&I fiber to the East County both support my economic development plan to expand advanced manufacturing and biohealth companies and support small business entrepreneurs that rely on broadband.”
DF&I will continue construction in the region as it moves further east in pursuit of its strategic vision of intercepting the massive amounts of dark fiber and capacity within the I-95 corridor. When complete, the Ashburn Express Route will allow carriers and customers from the Northeastern United States to have the most direct access, the lowest latency, and an all underground route into Ashburn without going through Washington, DC.
Dark Fiber and Infrastructure, LLC (“DF&I”) is a pure play wholesale provider of dark fiber and conduit networks to carriers and enterprise customers and is a registered CLEC in multiple markets. The company was founded in 2017 and focuses on facilitating hyperscale access to key peering markets in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.fiberandconduit.com.
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