With Democratic control of the House, Senate, and White House and widespread support for an infrastructure bill, the United States has a narrow opportunity to catch up to the rest of the world on last-mile fiber deployment. Assuming that the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act will be the basis for any legislation included in the infrastructure bill, the act should be revised with open access infrastructure (including open conduit and dark fiber that are subject to government oversight) as its central tenet.
Palo Alto’s dream for expanding the dark fiber network to every corner of the city has been flickering on and off for years, with prior councils exploring different business models that relied, to various extents, on private sector partners and that invariably ended in disappointment.
The commission, for its part, made it clear that it wants the expansion of fiber to go well beyond municipal uses. It also agreed that unlike in the past, the city shouldn’t depend on private companies for help. Commissioner Greg Scharff, who as a two-time mayor is well acquainted with the council’s fruitless struggle to expand the fiber system, suggested that seeking out private partners (an option that was presented by Magellan) would likely be a waste of time.
John Hall, Managing Director – Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, said: “Diverse, high-speed carrier fibre networks connected to high-quality Edge colocation data centres like Proximity’s are going to be essential for ensuring thousands of businesses in the Liverpool City Region get reliable access to low latency, highly responsive applications and services. The dark fibre infrastructure is pivotal to all of this and we are therefore delighted to support ITS in bringing this game-changing project to fruition.
Progress is now being made with Tierra del Fuego, which includes its entire existing 357km, dark fibre Provincial Network, plus any other future network that will be deployed, allowing Arsat responsibility for its lighting, operation, marketing and maintenance. The network will be connected to the rest of the country through Refeo managed by Arsat , expanding its reach from the Estancia Cullen area of Tierra del Fuego to the towns of San Sebastián, Río Grande, Tolhuin and the provincial capital. The project is being financed by federal agency, Enacom.
The project aims to benefit Tierra del Fuego’s 176,000 inhabitants from the lighting of the dark fibre since it crosses its three main cities, and other populations -such as Puerto Almanza, Lago Escondido and other regions – that at the moment do not have service.
The continued growth and evolution of the digital economy remains a driver for strong data center growth and development throughout Virginia. As reported in a March 2021 Virginia Business article, a new dark fiber network is expected to expand opportunities for data center development in strategic Virginia locations.
This new 680-mile regional fiber optic network will connect the large concentration of existing data centers in Northern Virginia to the Virginia Beach cable landing station and, in turn, provide access to the subsea, intercontinental high-speed internet cables running to Europe and South America.
Enterprise, hyperscale and government organizations benefiting from additional dark fiber, expanding space and power capacity, and subsea cable access.
“We are pleased to be part of QTS’ Atlanta-Metro data center campus,” said Barry Navarre, Southern Telecom Business Development Manager. “Southern Telecom’s dark fiber and strategic long-haul routes will help QTS provide their customers with massive scale, operational maturity, speed to market and a premium customer experience.”
“It’s going to be a game-changer for us,” because of the speed, scale and expansion possibilities, says Victor Hoskins, CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The ability to grow is immense. … What’s so incredible about this one is that it’s connecting to the submerged cables that connect across the ocean, that come up in Virginia Beach.”
The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Dark Fiber Networks Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles, and strategies. This report covers the pre and post Covid-19 impact analysis and gives expert reviews to overcome from it. The report also presents forecasts for Dark Fiber Networks from 2021 till 2027.
Over the last year, the lack of broadband access in New Mexico was on full display. Our expansive state needs innovative, cost-effective solutions to this problem.
We are business leaders, spanning six different sectors, taking part in the Leadership Albuquerque program through the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. We believe broadband access is critical to our economic growth and well-being. Broadband brings people together – teachers to students, doctors to patients, first responders to the sick or hurting, and family members to one another. It enables the connections we need in order to learn, grow and lead productive and healthy lives.
As such, we support Senate Bill 360, which would allow unused fiber – called “dark fiber” – that is already in the ground across New Mexico to extend broadband access to rural communities. Sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, the bill would reduce the need to build new broadband infrastructure across miles and miles of land by using what we already have to reach our most vulnerable communities.