A next-generation fiber network to reach more than 50,000 potential customers in Indiana by the end of 2023
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Brightspeed today announced details of the planned construction of its fiber optic network in the state of Indiana. By the end of 2023, the company will deliver more than 50,000 new fiber crossings in parts of 20 counties during the first phase of construction in the state. Brightspeed plans an additional 70,000 fiber runs over the following years of its build plan, for a total of more than 120,000 fiber-enabled locations across its Indiana footprint.
The Indiana fiber build is the latest in a series of announcements Brightspeed has made over the past few months outlining the company’s fiber network plans for its multi-state territory. In total, Brightspeed intends to invest at least $2 billion in its fiber optic transformation, which is expected to reach up to 3 million homes and businesses over the next five years in predominantly rural and suburban settings where fiber and advanced technology have not historically been deployed .
Brightspeed will initially consist of the assets of the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) and associated operations of Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN), which are subject to a pending acquisition by funds managed by Apollo (NYSE: APO). The company has obtained FCC clearance and all necessary regulatory approvals in all 20 states of its operating footprint, and expects to close the transaction early in the fourth quarter.
“We are excited to share our fiber network upgrade plans for Indiana and we are excited that we will reach so many communities during our initial construction phase,” said Tom Maguire, Chief Operating Officer of Brightspeed. “Our Brightspeed team has been busy completing the design and build preparations necessary to get started on day one of operations. We can’t wait to start delivering our super-fast and reliable internet connections, with an awesome, top-notch customer. . the experience that the people and companies of Indiana need and deserve.”
Brightspeed’s 2022-23 build plan for Indiana will bring faster, more reliable Internet and Wi-Fi access to more than 50,000 residential and business locations in the markets of Adam, Carroll, Cherborn, Elkhart, Henry, Jasper, Johnson, Kosciusko, Barn, Madison, marshal, Newton, Ohio, Pulaski, Randolph, Saint Joseph, stark, Swiss, Whiteand Whitley counties.
“Beyond our own extensive network, built in Indianawe look forward to working with key state and local players, including the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), to seek opportunities to further expand the availability of fiber-based broadband in Indiana“, added Maguire.
“There are several rural counties in Indiana which are poised to grow over the next few years, but it depends on the quality of life in these rural areas,” said Indiana Lt. Suzanne Crouch. “Access to quality education and healthcare is key to this growth, but nothing can happen without affordable and reliable connectivity. Brightspeed’s investment in Indiana over the next two years will bring reliable connectivity to approximately 50,000 businesses and households. This is what the Hoosiers need!”
Brightspeed’s unique next-generation FTTP architecture, backed by a portfolio of industry-leading technology partners, is designed to help the company accelerate deployment and market availability. The company’s planned XGS-PON network will be capable of delivering download and upload speeds in excess of 1 Gbps, with service reliability critical to helping today’s homes and businesses connect, grow and prosper.
For more information about Brightspeed, visit the company’s website, www.brightspeed.com.
Based at Charlotte, North Carolina and expected to have assets and associated operations in 20 states, Brightspeed will deliver broadband and telecommunications services through a network platform capable of serving more than 6 million homes and businesses. The company aims to bridge the digital divide by deploying a state-of-the-art fiber network and a customer experience that makes staying connected simple and seamless. For more information about Brightspeed, visit the company’s website, www.brightspeed.com.
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